Wisconsin basketball coach accused of burning players with dry iceA seventh-grade girls basketball coach is charged with a felony in Trempealeau County for allegedly burning his players with dry ice.
By: News service reports, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram / MCT
WHITEHALL, Wis. — A high school chemistry teacher and seventh-grade girls basketball coach in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau school district has been charged with a felony count of abusing a child for using dry ice on players.
Brady L. Olson, 42, of Ettrick, Wis., who is also charged in Trempealeau County Court with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday. The felony has a maximum penalty of 1 1/2 years in prison.
District Superintendent Dave Grace said Wednesday that the incident "has been investigated and dealt with," but that it was district policy not to disclose what action, if any, was taken against Olson.
According to court records:
A player told police Jan. 23 that Olson used dry ice to blow off a garbage can cover and cause water to shoot from a bottle during a practice Jan. 20 at G-E-T Middle School.
The girl said Olson then put a small piece of dry ice in his mouth and asked the players if he could touch them with the dry ice. He briefly put the ice on the girls' knees and thigh areas, leaving minor burn marks. Some players had the marks several days later.
Olson told police Jan. 24 that he knew he had made a mistake when he started hearing from players' parents about the marks. He said he was trying to "make things fun for the girls," hoping it would "help his relationship with the team."