Video provided by the family of a Bellarmine High School water water polo player they say was assaulted by an Acalanes swimmer during a match between schools in December of last year shows – for the first time – what happened in the pool that day.
In the video provided to NBC Bay Area the Acalanes player appears to draw the head of the Bellarmine swimmer down under the water, with the Bellarmine swimmer reacting from an apparently deliberate blow delivered by the Acalanes player’s knee to the boy’s face.
The 15-year-old Bellarmine swimmer can be seen stroking to the side of pool and leaving with a broken nose that eventually required surgery.
School District officials expressed surprise that the incident landed their student in criminal court, with Acalanes High School District Associate Superintendent Amy McNamara telling NBC: “These things happen as we deal with adolescents and we deal with it at a school level.”
Friends of the injured boy’s family took a different view, saying that if the maneuver had been performed out of the pool and in the school quad, for example, the boy probably would have been arrested.
The Acalanes player was briefly suspended from school and several subsequent water polo matches. He was in court in Martinez Friday to answer to the criminal assault charge, the details of which are kept secret due to his age.
“He received consequences for what he did, absolutely,” McNamara told NBC.