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Montclair High School trainer faced tough questions in football player’s 2008 death

Two weeks ago, the Montclair Board of Education agreed to pay Ryne’s family $2.8 million to settle a 2009 negligence lawsuit alleging the school’s decision to let their son back on the field led to the 16-year-old’s death.

Chemidlin’s (Montclair High School’s athletic trainer)conduct would be singled out for stinging criticism by Robb Rehberg, past president of the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey, an expert hired by the family’s lawyers.

“Chemidlin’s laissez-faire attitude toward Ryne’s return to participation in football flies in the face of sound professional judgment one would expect from a reasonable athletic trainer and ultimately allowed Ryne to participate in the game that led to his death,” Rehberg wrote in an October 2011 report.

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