Hazing News

Churchill High School update: adults cleared

Here is the report

Excerpt from Lahontan Valley News

Details of two investigations into allegations of failure to report a December hazing incident by coaches and staff at Churchill County High School have been released.

City of Fallon attorney Lem Mackedon said his office reviewed the reports from the Fallon Police Department and the Churchill County School District and found no criminal wrongdoing.

Mackedon said misdemeanor failure to report charges will not be filed against Principal Kevin Lords, Athletic Director Brad Daum and coaches Mitch Overlie and Matt Reibsamen. Mackedon added his office has been in constant contact with the Churchill County District Attorney’s Office about the investigations and said the DA’s office reviewed the reports as well and found no criminal negligence.

Overlie and Reibsamen will appear at a prediscipline hearing Tuesday where recommendations from the district will be provided to the board of trustees to determine any possible consequences.

Mackedon said he is checking other parts of the report to see if they can be release as part of public record.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.