Two high school basketball coaches have been fired following a hazing incident involving their players, who allegedly taped two teammates to chairs and forced one to watch Spanish-language television for an hour, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Woodside (Calif.) High head coach Doug Fountain and an unidentified junior varsity coach have been removed of their posts by the Sequoia Union High School District upon discovery of the incident, superintendent James Lianides told the paper.
During the Orestimba Holiday Tournament in Newman, Calif., Woodside players reportedly jumped and beat the two boys, taped their mouths shut and attached them to a chair, putting lipstick on one and forcing the other to watch Spanish-language TV. Details first emerged on a NorCalPreps.com message board.
"We have been working with the players in a restorative-justice program to get them more sensitive to understand that these behaviors are absolutely unacceptable," Lianides told the San Jose Mercury News. "We are continuing on with the season and moving on."
Christopher Dolan, an attorney for one of the boys, alleged at least one coach was present for a portion of this hazing incident that left his client bruised. Cell phone photos and video exists of the bullying, Dolan told the San Francisco Chronicle.
"As parents, we trust our children to the school and the coaches. This trust has been violated here," Dolan told the Mercury News. "Not only did the head coach give the green light, he participated, and the other coaches did nothing. What kind of lessons are they teaching these young men? How to haze and bully?"
School administrators reportedly learned of he incident when school reopened on Jan. 6. Woodside forfeited a game against on Jan. 8 and owns a 1-3 record since Fountain's firing. The school lists assistant freshman coach Jason Llantero as the new varsity coach.
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