Wrestlers Suspended in Alleged Assault on Cheerleader

Wrestlers Suspended in Alleged Assault on Cheerleader

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The district superintendent says two North Sanpete High School wrestlers appear to have assaulted a cheerleader, but it will be up to the county attorney whether to file charges.

The Sanpete District board met Tuesday night to discuss the January 22nd incident in which two senior-year wrestlers allegedly captured a sophomore boy, pulled down his pants and used an electric razor to shave his genital area.

Superintendent Courtney Syme said he expected the ultimate outcome for the suspects would be no different the target of the hazing had been a girl.

A crowd of 75 to 100 residents turned out for the special board meeting called to hear the allegations and discuss the principal's handling of the situation.

Principal John Ericksen suspended the wrestlers two days after the assault was reported to him. Ericksen may impose a 10-day suspension, or request further action from the board.

Syme said he expected Ericksen to announce his decision today.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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