Fallon father goes public about hazing incident
FALLON – The father of a Nevada high school wrestler who was a hazing victim says he’s going public with the details because his 15-year-old son was humiliated and wants to put the matter to rest.
Dee Gregory said he was “sickened” by accounts of the Dec. 3 incident in Las Vegas in which four Churchill County High School teammates were accused of stripping his son and urinating on him.
Gregory, an assistant wrestling coach at Churchill High, told Reno’s KRNV-TV in an interview that first aired Wednesday night that his son feels betrayed and that his teammates let him down.
Gregory said he was at another tournament when the team was in Las Vegas for the Green Valley Duals on Dec. 3-4. He said three of the four teens involved approached him at the next formal practice and asked to speak to him.
“I was proud of them for being honest, but it also just sickened my stomach with some of the things they had done,” Gregory told KRNV. “I honestly was floored when I found out who three of these four people were. I absolutely was floored. I trusted them.”
The four wrestlers are accused of taping the victim’s mouth and arms, pulling off his pants, taping him to a coffee table, spanking him and locking him outside his motel room. After the victim returned to the room, they allegedly spanked him again and urinated on him in the shower.
“This is very humiliating for him,” Gregory said, adding he has learned it was not an isolated incident.
“Since this incident, I’ve had a lot of families, parents and some kids come to me and told me some of the things that have happened to them. I was really surprised,” he said.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said her department’s report contains names of five teens accused of hazing the victim, although Gregory stated it was four. She has said it’s up to the victim whether to press charges.
The Fallon Police Department interviewed all the teens involved and handed over findings of its investigation to Las Vegas police.
Churchill County School District attorney Sharla Hales released a statement saying an internal district investigation was ongoing, the Lahontan Valley News of Fallon reported.
“There was a situation of serious hazing with a victim and perpetrators,” Hales said. “The district is following law, regulation and policy in holding parties appropriately accountable.
She has said she could not comment on punishment facing the students because disciplinary matters are confidential.