Mother of Phoenix teen speaks out
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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- The mother of a Phoenix High School football player who died on the field last month is speaking out about how authorities handled the situation.
Ridge Barden, 16, died after a collision during a football game at Homer High School on October 17th. His mother, Jacqueline Barden, says she learned of her son's death through Facebook, when her daughter started receiving condolences on her profile wall.
She says the school did not have her contact information, but argues that should not have prevented someone from reaching out.
"From the minute Ridge was in the hospital somebody along any line should have said, ‘hey wait a minute, where is this child's mother and why are we not contacting her?’ And no one seemed to have done it," said Jacqueline Barden.
Jacqueline says it took her several hours to reach someone to tell her about the accident, and claims she wasn't contacted by officials until the next day.