PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — He started as a star athlete but became a convicted criminal. Jonathan Boland is in prison for armed robbery but his case is raising questions.
Boland, a prep star at Parkrose High School who graduated in 2015, is suing his alma mater. He was the star quarterback and suffered the first of multiple concussions when he was just 15. One of his concussions sent him to the hospital.
Now he claims the Parkrose School District failed to protect him.
His mother, Renee Boland, said what happened to Jonathan on the football field changed her son. The concussions, she said, gave him noticeable brain and vision damage, so much so he was forced to stop playing while at Portland State University.
After that, Jonathan’s life quickly unraveled, Renee told KOIN 6 News. He showed up at her house, distraught, telling her he had ruined his life.
“That’s not Jonathan,” his mother said. “You know, when you think of Jonathan you think of a smile. And that was gone. He was just spaced out. He wasn’t there. Jonathan wasn’t there.”
Earlier this year, Renee reached out to Parkrose for medical records related to Jonathan’s concussions. In an email exchange with our media partners The Portland Tribune and Investigate West, Parkrose officials said they wouldn’t release the records until Renee wrote a letter saying the school district would not be held responsible.
Jonathan’s lawsuit against the Parkrose School District also alleges the current Parkrose superintendent admitted to Renee Boland that the district violated Oregon law.
The Parkrose School District is on Spring Break this week. So far, officials with the district have not returned a request for comment from KOIN 6 News — but they did tell the Portland Tribune they cannot comment on pending litigation.
Jonathan Boland is expected to be imprisoned for the armed robberies until 2025.