Student Says Coach Provoked Teammates To Beat Him Up


Monday, February 28th 2011, 10:58 pm
By: News 9


Dana Hertneky, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- A high school wrestler at Western Heights said classmates beat him up during wrestling class Monday while his coach just stood there and watched.

Blake Crowson said he was held down in a wresting hold, while 10 other students hit and kicked him. According to Blake, his coach not only didn't stop the attack, but provoked it using racial slurs.

Blake said the scrapes across his face, back and arms are the result of the attack.

"They were punching me, kicking me in the ribs and stuff, like they were jumping me kind of," Blake said.

It all happened after Blake said he told the coach he wasn't going to go to wrestling practice anymore.

That's when Blake said his coach told the other student wrestlers that Blake called them racial names and even used the n-word.

Blake denied saying any such thing and said the other students knew that too, but they carried out the attack anyway.

"That's not kid on kid, that's a coach instigating a fight in a school and then watching ten children hit him, kick him, and beat him with a rope," said Becky Crowson, Blake's mother.

Becky said she called the school and then filed a police report. She also said she will not let her son go back to school on Tuesday.

"I don't know who you're supposed to trust at school if you can't trust the coaches and the teachers that are supposed to be there to protect your kids," she said.

Becky said school leaders told her they will look into the incident and get back to her in the next couple days.

News 9 tried to contact school administrators Monday evening, but no one was available to comment.