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Long Beach Poly wrestling coach assaulted after match

Police were looking Friday for three men who assaulted a wrestling coach at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach after a wrestling match on campus.

Officers responded to the school gym about 7:30 p.m. Thursday after three men attacked the coach, whose name was not released, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

By the time officers arrived, the three assailants had fled, she said. They were described as a man in his 40s, an 18-year-old man and another young man.

Witness told officers that the assailants were seated in the stands during the match against Lakewood High School, but when the event ended, they jumped out of their seats and assaulted the coach.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in the violent crimes unit at (562) 499-1261.

-- Richard Winton

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Why was there no school security, its sad that a school is not safe.

I have coached Pop Warner and High School Football. I have been in altercations, that almost got violent. It really makes me think twice about helping kids. Even though School Districts are facing budget deficits, and volunteers are really needed. It is sad that this type of thing can happen. Children and adults have no respect for authority. It's a reflection of today's violent society. I really hope they catch the offenders.

Perhaps he should have been a boxing coach.

Perhaps he should have been a boxing coach.

Things like this should not happen at a school athletic event. Why would security be needed? This was premeditated assault, and all three of them deserve to be in jail for assaulting a school employee on school grounds.


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