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Teen encourages bullying victims to come forward

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DALLASTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Dallastown High School sophomore wrestler Nick Shields wants other students who have been hazed or bullied to know it's OK to come forward.

Shields says he was at wrestling practice in early January when his coach allegedly told team members to get a free hit on him.

He says his former coach, Matthew Striebig, instructed wrestlers to hit the 113-pound wrestler after he passed gas during practice. Shields says 13 teammates hit him while he was in the fetal position on the mat.

Shields qualified for states as a freshman and wrestled in district competition this past season.

Striebig didn't resign because of the incident; it was known in the district that this was going to be his last year as the school's wrestling coach.

He was cited with a summary count of disorderly conduct for allegedly ordering students to hit Shields.

Striebig is a math teacher at Dallastown High School, and he remains on administrative leave.

Shields says he loves going to Dallastown High School and is looking forward to returning to classes in the fall.

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