'Messed up and horrible' hazing incident costs Olympia coach job

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 5:40 PM

“Messed up and horrible.”

That’s how one witness described a hazing incident involving Capital High School students at a Western Washington University basketball camp.

The account is detailed in a police report released by WWU Police Thursday, which outlines how at least eight upper-classmen “wrestled three boys to the ground.”  In at least one case, the report states “older boys (were) putting their fingers inside” younger boys.

Included in the report is information from the victim’s parents, who say their son “has not mentioned anything about the incident to his parents” and that he had been enrolled in counseling.  They added they did not want to press charges.

Eleven-year head boys basketball coach Doug Galloway lost his job over the hazing for “lack of adequate supervision,” according to the Olympia School District.

Ever since, a group of parents and students have tried to get Galloway his position back.  They created a Facebook page with more than 2,000 followers.

District spokesperson Ryan Betz said Thursday the administration stands behind its decision.

“The district has said he’s a good coach,” Betz explained. “He’s a good teacher.  That’s why he continues to maintain his job as a teacher.

“It’s a serious enough incident that the supervision needed to be there and he needed to be held accountable.”

Galloway said he was at a social event with other coaches when the hazing happened.  Police reports show he notified Child Protective Services and University Police the morning after when he learned of the incident.

While the district said the students were unsupervised, Galloway said there was a coach on-hand.

“I don’t know if I can grade it,” Galloway said of the supervision. “I can tell you I felt very comfortable with what happened as far as supervision.”

Galloway declined to discuss specifics of the incident.

“I wasn’t really surprised,” he recalled, “I was hopeful I was going to be able to continue coaching, but I wasn’t surprised I was not asked back.”

However, he may still coach.  The school board will meet Monday to talk about Galloway’s coaching future.

“There are some very strong feelings when it comes to this coach,” explained school board president Mark Campeau. “He’s made a lot of positive impacts on kids’ lives.”

Campeau said Thursday he was not aware of all the facts and could not comment on the alleged hazing.

Galloway is still teaching and coaching the girls golf team.  The district would not say if the students involved were disciplined.
 

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