WAYNE - A Board of Education meeting in Wayne turned hostile tonight as Wayne residents criticized the decision to bar nine football players accused of assault from playing in playoff games.

Controversy has swirled around Wayne Public Schools ever since the incident took place two weeks ago. The school district decided to suspend the nine Wayne Hills football players accused of assaulting two Wayne Valley students.

Wayne Hills Football Coach Chris Olsen called out specific board members for their comments and those members responded. A lawyer for one of the accused, Attorney Darren Delsardo, said his client was not getting due process.

The majority of the crowd supported the suspended players, but some were critical of the initial decision to let them play in last week's game. Others claim the students are being unfairly targeted.

The superintendent made some brief comments at the beginning but declined any further comment, citing legal concern.

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