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District reinstates athletic director

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By David Giuliani

The Las Vegas City Schools has reinstated its athletic director, Mike Yara, who had been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with an investigation into hazing at a football camp.

“Mike Yara handled this matter very appropriately given the information he had,” Rick Romero, the district’s superintendent, said today.

Romero had also placed head Robertson High School football coach Ray Woods and his staff on leave because of the alleged hazing. At least one allegation involves a player being sodomized with a broomstick.

Romero said he hoped to make a decision on the fate of the football coaches by as early as Wednesday.

Last week, Richard Lopez, Robertson’s principal, recommended the expulsion of the six players involved in the alleged misconduct, which took place at the Western Life Camp, 15 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Gallinas Canyon. Hearings were being held on their expulsions this morning.

Some of the victims in the matter are now represented by Will Ferguson, an Albuquerque attorney who maintains that the district shouldn’t let hazing happen.

A state police investigation into the matter continues.