Shenandoah County teacher resigns amid hazing claims

By Alex Bridges

A Shenandoah County teacher and coach accused of leading a hazing incident between several student athletes has resigned.

Nicholas R. Greco, 34, of 107 Black Oak Drive, Maurertown faces trial in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for charges of hazing, assault and battery by mob and seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The School Board voted at its meeting this week to accept Greco’s resignation. Superintendent Jeremy Raley confirmed Friday that the board took the action after its closed session as part of its personnel agenda items

“I think it’s very important to say that we take the safety of our students and staff very seriously and that safety’s a priority in our school division,” Raley said.

Greco had been a teacher at Peter Muehlenberg Middle School and coached the junior varsity football team at Central High School. Greco was placed on administrative leave with pay in early November as school system conducted its own investigation into the allegations.

Greco remains free on a $12,000 bond pending his next court appearance. Judge William H. Logan Jr. scheduled a trial in the case for Feb. 20. Winchester attorney Ian Williams represents Greco.

While the documents and Greco’s charges indicate that at least seven minors took part in the hazing, Greco remains the only person charged in the incident, according to information from the Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Wes Dellinger said Friday that no students had been charged in the case

Authorities in court documents accuse Greco of telling football players in his class to haze a 13-year-old boy. The Oct. 31 incident left the boy with cuts and bruises, according to authorities. A criminal complaint indicates that Greco told team members to haze two students who fell asleep in his class. In one incident, players smacked a student on the buttocks in view of their coach. In the other, according to the complaint, players dragged a student from the nearby KFC restaurant back to the Central campus and forced him into a locker. During the incident the student suffered a cut on the leg, the complaint states.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com