Star high school wrestler under fire, accused of bullying

Posted at: 02/22/2013 9:24 PM
Updated at: 02/22/2013 10:14 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A star wrestler at Rio Grande High School was suspended Thursday, after he reportedly slapped another student.
But a District Court Judge on Friday allowed him to compete in the Wrestling State Championship this weekend.

Albuquerque Public Schools confirms that senior Nicholas Chavez is accused of stealing money from a student, then slapping him. School district officials say a school resource officer saw the whole thing, and Rio Grande High School's administration suspended Chavez. The wrestling coach then scratched his name from the tournament.
But District Court Judge Clay Campbell suspended his suspension, allowing him back into the tournament.
Brad Winter with APS says the District was present at the hearing fighting the judge's decision.

"We work very, very hard to treat all of our students equitably, whether they're a star athlete, make great grades or not, we work very hard that they're treated equitably.  And we think that this decision sends the wrong message," Winter said.

Winter says they do not know what this means for the student's suspension.