Hazing victim – ‘Wants this to go away’
January 21, 2011
The 15-year-old victim of an alleged hazing incident on Dec. 3 “wants this to go away,” according to his father.
The father said on Wednesday he met with Churchill County High School coaches, administrators and Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Director Eddie Bonine last week. The meeting was meant to reiterate to all coaches there is no room for bullying or incident, like this, the father added.
“My No. 1 priority is to support and protect my son through this life changing ordeal,” he said. “And I have been taking all steps necessary to ensure that this never, ever happens to another student again.”
As of today, criminal charges have not been filed by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“Unfortunately, Las Vegas Metro will not talk to me,” the father added. “They say it is completely in (my son’s) hands. As of now, he’s still sticking with his original thing that he just wants this to go away.”
The report came to Metro after five members of the wrestling team allegedly stripped, taped, urinated on the victim and spanked him with a spatula. However, the victim’s father said he has not spoken with Metro about the case, and Metro will only speak with his son.
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“There really hasn’t been much of one,” the father said of Metro’s explanation to why his son has to make the decision to press charges.
Churchill County District Attorney Art Mallory said the decision to file charges rests with the district attorney. Depending on reports and evidence received in a particular case, the prosecutors will act accordingly.
Mallory said a challenge that may be facing Metro and the Clark County District Attorney’s Office is that it can’t force people to disclose information when no charges have been filed.
“If we don’t receive a report from them, there is very little we can do,” Mallory said.
Sharla Hales, Churchill County School District attorney, said coaches were presented with ideas and strategies to use in supervising and educating student athletes at the meeting.
She added the district will not disclose, if any, disciplinary action against those who are allegedly involved with the case. Hales said CCHS has begun looking at ways to revamp athletic road trips.
“The athletic director is working with administrators and coaches to prepare protocols for overnight trips, bus trips and other situations to ensure that athletes are properly supervised,” Hales said.