Dominique Colell—high school track coach to the Thousand Oaks gunman who killed twelve people at the Borderline Bar & Grill Wednesday night—says he assaulted her when he was a senior at Newbury Park High School, local CBS KCAL9 reports. She was 28 at the time.
“I turned on the news and I was watching it and when they said his name my jaw just dropped,” she told the news outlet. “[Ian David Long] attacked me. He attacked his high school track coach. Who does that?” She continued:
“Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone. 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.’ I should have reported it then...
...There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD. They don’t go around shooting people. This kid was mentally disturbed in high school. There were signs and the administration knew it.”
Colell never filed charges because she says, she was told by the school to “to accept an apology to not ruin his future in the Marine Corps.”
She told the Los Angeles Times the alleged assault took place after she attempted to locate the owner of a cell phone another student found. Long noticed she had his phone, ran over to her and cursed at her, demanding she return it to him. Colell called the contact labeled “Mom” on the phone to confirm it was his before hanging it over, which outraged Long. The next day, Long brought flowers to try and get his job back on the team, which Colell refused.
“He was very determined and very angry,” she said of Long. “He was probably the only student that I was actually scared of when I coached there.”