Wednesday, December 12, 2012

High school wrestler alleges he was sodomized with bottle by teammates, school doesn't report it to law enforcement

Three school officials were told that members of a Nebraska high school wrestling team held down a young team member and sodomized him with a bottle at a camp in the summer of 2011, but the officials did not report it to law enforcement. The purported victim allegedly reported the incident to his coach, and the coach supposedly told him, "What happens in wrestling, stays in wrestling." School officials conducted their own investigation and determined that the accusations were unfounded.

State law requires teachers, administrators, medical professionals and others in positions of authority to report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement.  "In retrospect, perhaps the school should have forwarded all information and allegations to law enforcement and/or the Department of Health and Human Services," said attorneys for the school and county. "In the future, the school is committed to revising necessary policies and/or procedures to aid school officials in understanding when and where to report."

COTWA is perplexed by the cavalier attitude of the school officials here. "Perhaps" they should have abided by state law and reported the incident?