Parent plans to press charges in alleged Moffat County football team hazing incident
July 3, 2014
Craig — The Moffat County football team is under investigation after an alleged hazing incident occurred at its annual football camp in Evanston, Wyoming, and one parent said she plans to press charges.
The Evanston Police Department is working with the Craig Police Department and Moffat County School District, but not much has been made public.
"There's a lot of factors involved, and we have to follow policy. We are just digging through to find the truth," said Brent Curtice, superintendent of the school district. "We are investigating it because school safety is our No. 1 priority."
But he said he couldn't release further information.
Two parents came out publicly and said their freshman sons were abused and harassed by upperclassmen while coaches were nearby.
Michelle Dugan said her son was hit with urine-filled balloons, had his head smashed against the floor with pillows and that one upperclassman cornered him in the showers and rubbed his naked buttocks against him. Dugan said that her son witnessed other violent acts — and that many happened in the showers when all parties involved were naked. Her son came back with injuries from being struck with a belt buckle, she said.
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Nancy Gatlin also said her son experienced harassment and witnessed abuse in the showers.
That's why Dugan said she plans to press charges as soon as possible.
"We are planning on pressing charges for sure," she said. "The victims’ families are still moving forward in any and all ways possible as far as law enforcement goes. I talk to parents every single day, and this town is in uproar. We all have to make sure we keep going."
The Craig Police Department is playing a supportive role in the investigation.
"We're assisting (Evanston Police Department) with their requests," Craig Police Department Officer Bill Leonard said. But "it's definitely their investigation."
Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.