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Wall Township, which has what NJ Advance Media calls one of the state’s “premier” football programs, is in the spotlight because a group of at least six football team members are accused of sexually assaulting a younger, smaller team member. According to three parents who saw a video, it was a “hazing incident.”
The parents’ names are not being shared to protect their privacy and that of their children. They also said they’re fearful of retribution.
According to reports, at least six 11th grade players attacked a 10th grader with a broomstick in the locker room as the he pleaded with them to stop. They appeared to be trying to sodomize the younger teammate.
One of the parents said, “I just can’t believe this is happening. I would never dream of ever treating someone like this. It’s disturbing, and I think everyone’s main concern is that it’s going to be covered up because of the size of the [football] program.”
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linksey told News 12, “I will say I trust I really trust the process, I trust that our detectives and assistant prosecutors that work in our office on every matter that they handle will do everything to the fullest extent possible.”
From Advance Media:
An investigation has been launched into the hazing allegations, the district confirmed Tuesday. During a phone call in response to a request for comment on hazing accusations regarding the football team, Wall Township Board of Education President Ralph Addonizio read a statement on behalf of the district that said, ‘Upon becoming aware of the allegation, we immediately contacted the appropriate authorities. There’s a pending investigation, and the school district is cooperating fully. We cannot comment further on a pending investigation of a student matter.’