“A PRANK gone terribly wrong” left a Gold Coast schoolboy in hospital with critical injuries.

Jamie Cox, 15, was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries, after being put in a headlock in the school playground.

Police say he lost consciousness and fell to the ground, striking his head and suffering a fractured skull.

Jamie was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical ­condition.

He underwent surgery and was last night reported to be stable.

Detectives from the Child Protection Investigation Unit were alerted to the incident and yesterday launched an official investigation.

Reports stated that Jamie had been playing a game called “tap out” where one person restrains another so they can’t escape and have to “tap out” to be released.

But sources close to Jamie’s family told The Courier-Mail it was “more like a prank gone terribly wrong”.

The Courier Mail report, Jamie’s father Rodney posted on Facebook saying his boy had a “long road ahead”.

“Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful wishes for our son Jamie,” he wrote. “Surgery was a success and although not quite out of the woods, he is fairly alert and responsive at this stage. Further scans and tests to come.”

An Education Department spokesman said students had been warned about dangerous behaviour

“The school is treating the matter extremely seriously and is also working very closely with police,” he said.

“Staff have spoken with the parents of both students. The school does not condone any behaviour or activity that puts another student at risk of serious injury.”

We hope he makes a full recovery.

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  • Hopefully this sort of game is no longer happening. Teenage boys just dont have the capacity to think though what might happen.


  • Where are the teachers who are meant to be on yard duty while this goes on??


  • This is just devastating! So sad and horrible


  • OMG, this is terrible. My son is 15 and this really hit home. I had never heard of this type of dangerous game. It is horrible and ridiculous behaviour with tragic results.


  • This is awful. We really must teach our children to play nicely.


  • This is terrible! What an ugly prank, really!! :-(


  • Do hope the boy recovers fully and the police find that it was just a prank gone wrong and not bullying.


  • Was it a prank or bullying. I hope the boy makes a full recovery


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