By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to USA High School Sports, two wrestling coaches from Ohio were recently arrested. Those coaches were Nathan Smith and Jason Lutz from Minerva (Ohio) Middle School.
The two are facing charges of child endangering and complicity to child endangering. One of the coaches allegedly insisted that the team’s wrestlers attack one of its own.
In addition, the other coach, who did not order the attack, watched what happened. And did nothing about it.
According to Fox 8 Cleveland from the police report, the incident allegedly happened on December 14 at Minerva High School. The boy reported to his parents he was attacked by his teammates at wresting practice that day.
Throughout the investigation, it was revealed to the prosecutors that one coach ordered the attack with 16 members of the team attacking the 12-year-old boy. In addition, the investigation also indicated that one coach stood by and let it happen.
“Outside of a normal practice for wrestling, it was not in the course of the practice; it was not a normal disciplinary tactic,” Prosecutor Caitlyn Schneider said. “I was a high school and college athlete; I’m thoroughly aware kids get hurt in practices and matches and meets and whatever it is they’re doing. It’s just that, based on the interviews from everyone, that was not the case here.”
The 24-year-old Smith is a teacher at Minerva Elementary School, according to Fox 8 Cleveland, and is facing child endangering charges. Lutz, who is 43-years-old, is a teacher at Minerva Middle School.
He is charged with complicity to child endangering.
“Our district recently was made aware of allegations regarding two coaches and responded immediately,” Minerva Schools Superintendent Gary Chaddock said. “The district followed all necessary protocols and assigned the coaches to home, while an investigation by both the district and law enforcement took place. We take this situation very seriously, and our district fully cooperated with the investigations.”
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