People were hurt, seriously hurt, in an action that reflected more than just poor sportsmanship among students 18 to 19 years old and under. It was criminal.
Those involved in the violent ambush of Warren County high School Coach David Daniels and his team in the locker room following the game should be charged with assault and sentenced accordingly.
No player who participated in the senseless waylaying of the opposing team should ever be allowed to don a high school football uniform again.
This was no routine, run-of-the-mill post-game free-for-all or fight between angry players.
The intention of these hoodlums was obvious. They were bent on inflicting as much injury, if not something worse, on the coach and athletes of the winning team as possible.
They planned the trap. They locked the locker room doors so there would be no escape and beat the coach and his team mercilessly, using their helmets as weapons.
Coach Daniels, among those transported to the hospital, sustained crushed bones in his face. Injuries to his head were bad enough to require a metal plate.
And after all of this, the best high school officials can say is that they will look into it?
The Georgia High School Association needs to monitor the investigation and make sure these culprits do not go unpunished.
This kind of outburst, this savage behavior, needs to be contained, and it needs to be contained in such a way as to discourage repeat occurrences.