Manzano High School baseball player suspended after locker room incident

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  A Manzano High School baseball player has been suspended over something that almost turned into a criminal matter.

According to an Albuquerque Public Schools Police report for possible bullying or hazing, Manzano HS Athletic Director Matthew Espinosa contacted police Monday after learning about incidents between two baseball players. One of the boys is 14; the other is 16.

Earlier this month, the 16-year-old was seen rubbing mud on the buttocks of the 14-year-old at baseball practice “to harass” him. The act, the report says, is called “shit staining” – meant to make the person look like they’ve had an accident.

“That’s stupid, like why would you do something like that? To like, purposely make someone be embarrassed,” one student told News 13 when we told her about the incident.

The report also details another incident in which the 16-year-old “tea-bagged” the same 14-year-old in a locker room. “Tea-bagging” is when a male places his genitalia near or on the face of another.

The 14-year-old, who was interviewed by police, said the older player was fully clothed when he did the “tea-bagging.” He also said that he laughed after this incident and the mud incident.

“There is a much more appropriate way to make jokes than embarrassing someone in front of a team that’s supposed to come together as a family,” another student told News 13.

Several students told News 13 they don’t think what the older player did was so funny.

“That’s childish” and “It wasn’t appropriate at all” is how two more students reacted.

When police asked if the 14-year-old wanted to pursue criminal charges, he “adamantly indicated he did not,” the report says.

The issue then became an administrative discipline matter, and the older boy was suspended for three days. He was also ordered to sit out 10 games, News 13 was told.

APS officials said this incident was classified as “bullying” and not “hazing.”

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