Football hazing at Grundy County High School under investigation, head coach suspended

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

A Grundy County football coach has been suspended from his job as the Sheriff's Office continues its investigation of an alleged hazing incident.

Sheriff Shrum says that 5 Grundy County H.S. football players have now been charged with attempted aggravated rape. The cell phone has been sent to the TBI.

The team's head football coach has also been suspended, but the school investigation is separate from the criminal one. Once inside, Sheriff Shrum says five players began to wrestle with a 15-year-old freshman.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said at a news conference Thursday that one of the boys filmed the attack as the others held down the freshman, pulled down his trousers and tried to assault him with the mop handle as he struggled. At the time, board member Rueben Newsome said the future of Tate's employment in the district was under scrutiny because students and parents did not want to play for him and many had transferred to Marion County and South Pittsburgh high schools in order to play football for the coaches there.

"We specifically asked this question to every one of them: 'Did you have to go through the same thing?' And every one of them said no", Shrum said.

According to Shrum, the alleged assault was brought to the attention of school officials and the school resource officer by an assistant football coach who heard a rumor and felt it needed to be investigated.

Assistant Coach Greg Brewer will move up to head coach.


Shrum said he does not believe the students had permission to be in the field house as early as they were to work out alone.

The five players will be placed under house arrest until a hearing in Grundy County Juvenile Court on Monday at 10 a.m. Brewer was head coach at the school from 1998-2000 and again in 2005 and 2006.

They were able to enter through an open door to the school's field house.

Sheriff Clint Shrum says investigators spent the afternoon interviewing students, teachers and parents to determine what happened.

The incident has also been referred to the Department of Children's Services for review.

The students are scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.

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