Track Coach Says Thousand Oaks Shooter Assaulted Her In High School

Track Coach Says Thousand Oaks Shooter Assaulted Her In High School
Thousand Oaks Gunmans High School Coach Speaks About Sexual Assault
NEWBURY PARK (CBSLA) — The Thousand Oaks shooter’s high school track coach says that he assaulted her.

“I turned on the news and I was watching it and when they said his name my jaw just dropped,” said Dominique Colell.

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Former high school track coach says alleged Thousand Oaks shooter sexually assaulted her

Ian David Long is the name this former high school coach hadnt heard in a long time. But its one she never forgot.

“He attacked me. He attacked his high school track coach,” said Colell. “Who does that?”

I hope people call me insane… [laughing emojis].. wouldnt that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. Im insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is hopes and prayers.. or keep you in my thoughts… every time… and wonder why these keep happening…

For the former Newbury Park High School track coach this day has been full of emotions — from sadness to guilt. Because she never filed charges against Long after she says he assaulted her his senior year.

Colell says it happened during practice when someone found a phone and she was trying to figure out who it belonged to.

Colell says administrators and other coaches pressured her to allow Long back on the team, telling her it could negatively affect his application to the Marines. The Marines would save this kid, Colell says one coach told her.

“Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone,” said Colell. “He just started grabbing me. He groped my stomach. He groped my butt. I pushed him off me and said after that — ‘you’re off the team.’ ”

So now we all get to go through the motions again. The sports world will play its familiar part, with the L.A. Kings holding a moment of silence before last nights game, and the Rams scheduling one of their own for Saturday.

But Colell says she was encouraged by other coaches and the school to accept an apology to not ruin his future in the Marine Corps.

Colell allowed Long to rejoin the track team, she said because she feared it would jeopardize her own prospects for an art teacher position she was seeking. Upon his return, he continued to show signs of mental health issues.

And although she never would have predicted this, Colell says she doesnt believe this is just a case of PTSD. She says Long had issues long before he was ever a Marine.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD,” said Colell. “They dont go around shooting people. This kid was mentally disturbed in high school. There were signs and the administration knew it.”

He was very determined and very angry, she said. He was probably the only student that I was actually scared of when I coached there.

But you don’t have to be irrational to be mentally ill; and you don’t have to be mentally ill to be irrational.

Assigning mental illness to people who behave irrationally puts them into an “other” category–meaning “this person is not like me or anyone else I know; therefore I have less to fear that this will happen to me.”

BTW, CBSLA, if you file a story under “Assualt,” people using the correct spelling won’t be able to find it.

A former track coach said she was sexually assaulted by the alleged Thousand Oaks gunman when he was a senior at nearby Newbury High School.

Dominique Colell, who coached track at the California school when Ian Long was a student there, told a local CBS affiliate that he attacked her during track practice when she picked up a cellphone to figure out out who it belonged to.

Ian came up and started screaming at me that it was his phone, said Colell. He just started grabbing me. He groped my stomach. He groped my butt. I pushed him off me and said after that: Youre off the team.”

Colell said she instantly recognized the name of the man when she turned on the news Tuesday and learned he was the 28-year-old suspect in the massacre at a Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks the night before, leaving 12 dead and several others injured, before turning the gun on himself.

I turned on the news and I was watching it, and when they said his name, my jaw just dropped, Colell told CBS.

A former track coach said she was sexually assaulted by the alleged Thousand Oaks gunman when he was a senior at nearby Newbury High School.

Dominique Colell, who coached track at the California school when Ian Long was a student there, told a local CBS affiliate that he attacked her during track practice when she picked up a cellphone to figure out out who it belonged to.

Ian came up and started screaming at me that it was his phone, said Colell. He just started grabbing me. He groped my stomach. He groped my butt. I pushed him off me and said after that: Youre off the team.”

Colell said she instantly recognized the name of the man when she turned on the news Tuesday and learned he was the 28-year-old suspect in the massacre at a Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks the night before, leaving 12 dead and several others injured, before turning the gun on himself.

I turned on the news and I was watching it, and when they said his name, my jaw just dropped, Colell told CBS.

Law enforcement are still looking for a motive, but the allegations are the latest in a string of incidents that paint a picture of a troubled, violent person. The shooter, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, reportedly suffered from PTSD. But not much more is known about him.

Colell said that coaches at the school had encouraged her not to report the incident, so as not to jeopardize Longs future in the Marine Corps. In response to a query from VICE News, Newbury High School communications coordinator Kimberley Gold shared links to the school boards policy on sexual harassment, and to the website with online forms for submitting complaints.

Police had also responded to a number of reports of disturbances at the gunmans mothers house, where he was living at the time of the shooting. A neighbor told CNN that his mother lived in fear of what her son might do. Another said shed called the police about six months ago after hearing loud banging and shouting.

Theres a statistical correlation between mass shooters and domestic violence or violence against women. One study estimated that about 50 percent of mass shooters also have a record of being violent against partners or family members, most often women.

In the wake of such publicly violent acts, like opening fire on college students in a bar, details about the perpetrators past tend to trickle out slowly, and more often than not, reveal a pattern of violence against women.

For example, the man who opened fire on a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, just a few weeks ago, killing two women, had a record of groping women and making misogynistic comments online.

After a gunman in Maryland carried out a mass shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom earlier this year, we later learned that the suspect also had a history of stalking and harassing his former female classmates.


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