UPDATE: Cambridge Schools withdraw termination of wrestling coach linked to hazing incident

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 11:12 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Cambridge wrestling coach Les Painter will keep his position as wrestling coach. Earlier this year, the Cambridge school board had terminated Painter, who had been linked to a 2015 hazing incident at a wrestling camp in Hastings.

Two members of that team face trial on hazing charges in Adams County.

Citing a need for the Cambridge community to heal and move on, the school board this week withdrew the termination notice, which means Painter will retain his position as wresting coach.

Here is the text of the statement released by Cambridge superintendent Rob Gregory:

"The unfortunate hazing issue that occurred last summer with our wrestling team has put a strain on our school, our alumni, and the community for several months. Cambridge Schools takes supervision and student safety very seriously.

When this event occurred it took the school district off guard and has made decision making difficult throughout this entire school year. Cambridge Schools attempted to take the professional approach in dealing with this entire event. After much deliberation, Cambridge Schools recognizes that the community must heal and move on from this difficult situation. Thus, we withdrew our termination notice for our staff member under question.


The trials of two Cambridge High School students accused of hazing at a summer wrestling camp have been set.

Back in September, the Nebraska State Patrol investigated allegations of hazing at a summer wrestling camp at Hastings College.

Court documents say the two teens knowingly caused a minor to be placed into endangering situations and encouraged or forced the minor to solicit or engage in debauchery, public indecency, and obscene or pornographic films or depictions.

Only one of the two boys appeared in court Tuesday as one teen was excused from court.

Their next court dates are set for July 12th and July 19th.