Chaparral wrestling coach no longer with team after alleged hazing incident


Rocky Johnson is no longer the wrestling coach at Chaparral High School following an alleged hazing incident at a recent practice.

A video taken by a parent of a Chaparral wrestler appears to show Johnson encouraging a practice called the "ultimate sit-up." A freshman wrestler was blindfolded and held down before sitting up and making face-first contact with the naked buttocks of another member of the team.

"This is very concerning and the Douglas County School District does not tolerate inappropriate conduct by staff members," school district spokeswoman Paula Hans said in an email. "Upon learning of this incident, we immediately contacted law enforcement and began our own investigation. The Chaparral High School wrestling coach is no longer employed by the Douglas County School District. The safety and well-being of our students is our priority and actions of this nature will not be tolerated."

Hans said the district could not release whether Johnson, who did not teach in the district, was fired or resigned because it is a personnel matter. She said the Jan. 27 incident was referred to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The matter was investigated by the sheriff's office, no criminal charges were filed and the case was closed, according to a spokeswoman with DCSO.

Johnson, 45, was in his first season as coach of the Parker school's wrestling team. The former mixed martial arts competitor could not be reached for comment.

Chaparral Athletic Director Rob Johnson, no relation to the coach, deferred comment to the school district.


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