Coach attacked while trying to break up DHS fight |

Coach attacked while trying to break up DHS fight

by Scott Murphy

Two Douglas High School students were arrested after they allegedly kicked a faculty member who was on the floor trying to stop a fight between two other students.

Another teacher sustained a knee injury when he tried to stop the Wednesday morning melee, said Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Lance Modispacher.

Assistant baseball coach Hal Wheeler was trying to stop a fight between two male students before classes Wednesday and was on the floor when he was attacked.

Wheeler declined to comment on the incident.

The dispute began when a 17-year-old Gardnerville boy pushed a 17-year-old Minden boy. Wheeler was in the school’s administration office when he saw the tussle and intervened.

The fight began at approximately 7:25 a.m. on the edge of the high school’s dining commons area with an estimated 800 students nearby, Modispacher said.

After Wheeler was on the ground with the boys, two other students, both of Gardnerville Ranchos, entered the fray. They kicked the coach in the head and the body, Modispacher said.

The two boys who began the fight are charged with misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace at school.

The boys who allegedly struck Wheeler are charged with gross misdemeanor battery on a school official and disturbing the peace at school. They are 16 and 17 years old, respectively.

Their names were not released.

Three other teachers intervened in the fight, including one who injured his knee, Modispacher said.

Modispacher said the incident is troubling.

“A real concern is two other individuals seeing an opportunity with the teacher on the ground to kick him when he’s down,” he said. “It’s a grave concern… (for the students) to run over and put the boots to someone.”

All four boys were held in detention Wednesday night.

The boys charged with initiating the scuffle were released, while the other two appeared in Douglas County District Court on Thursday before Judge David Gamble.

They were released to their parents. No future court date has been set.