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Churchill High School update: adults cleared

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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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