A California wrestler has been expelled from his high school for using a controversial, but legal wrestling move called the "butt drag." Preston Hill, 17, also faces charges for sexual battery against his teammate during practice, and will go on trial this month.
According to the Fresno Bee, Preston was suspended before the school year began. However, on Wednesday, the Clovis Unified School Board voted to expel the would-be senior from Buchanan High School. He cannot finish his senior year there or step foot on school grounds.
The disputed wrestling move involves one wrestler grabbing another by his butt cheeks. The move does not involve skin-on-skin contact, as the wrestler would be pushing against his opponent's uniform, but varying levels of anal penetration can occur.
In this case, a freshman teammate says he was bullied by Preston, and assaulted after standing up to him one day. The unidentified teen says he was violated by two fingers for at least 30 seconds during wrestling practice last July, and is reportedly being bullied by others for speaking up about the incident.
"It just doesn't make sense," Preston's father, Darren Hill, said. "His coaches taught him the move when he was in middle school. All the wrestlers use it and my son did it in front of his coaches at a school-sponsored event."
Preston was the captain of the wrestling team, and a contender for several college scholarships. He is currently being home-schooled and awaiting trial.
UPDATE - January 28: The charges against Preston Hill have been dismissed. He and his 14-year-old accuser attended a tolerance training course last week, however, Preston is still fighting his school expulsion. %Poll-59034%