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Police looking into Fallon hazing incident

Steve Puterski, Tribune News Service

Five Churchill County High School wrestlers are alleged to have hazed a teammate during a tournament in Las Vegas in December.

According to sources, the victim was taken out of his hotel room by the alleged assailants, his pants stripped, taped and urinated on. The names of those involved were not released because they are said to be all minors.

Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman said the case is being investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Gehman added his department did some investigating into the alleged crime, but handed over their findings to the LVMPD.

He said he couldn’t add additional comments because the case is open and out of his jurisdiction.

But according to news reports, the 15-year-old victim was asleep prior to the incident. He was stripped, hit with a spatula, taped to a coffee table and locked outside his hotel room.

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The team was in Las Vegas for the Green Valley Duals from Dec. 3-4. When the victim returned to the room and he was allegedly hit again with the spatula. He was then urinated on when he went to take a shower.

Also, sources said in news report said that school officials knew of the incident but did not report it. Gehman said the FPD is investigating whether or not they failed to report the alleged hazing.

Phone calls to the high school were not returned Wednesday. Superintendent Carolyn Ross said all inquiries about the incident will be referred to the CCSD attorney.

Whether or not the students suspected of hazing have been suspended or expelled has not been confirmed by the district or school.

However, Ross posted a letter to the district’s website on Dec. 23. The statement describes the district’s attempts to curb bullying, but “despite our best efforts, occasional bullying crops up in our schools.”

In it, Ross says “You may have heard rumors recently regarding a violation of district policy and school rules by some students.”

She continues to say she cannot disclose any information regarding the incident or the consequences of those involved due to legal stipulations. She said the high school staff has been “very diligent” in its investigation of the matter and “the coaches, staff and administrators have been caring, careful and thoughtful.”

Ross adds that she believes there is a high level of commitment ot appropriate behavior by all students involved.

“I invite you to contribute to a positive climate in wrestling and in our school,” the letter states.

LVMPD Public Information Officer Barbara Morgan said an active case is open with the LVMPD, but had not disclosed any information as of Wednesday.

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