Friday Wall HS football game canceled amid allegations of hazing, sexual assault

The Wall Township High School football game scheduled for Friday has been canceled amid allegations of hazing and sexual assault on the team.

News 12 Staff

Nov 10, 2021, 11:53 AM

Updated 890 days ago

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The Wall Township High School football game scheduled for Friday has been canceled amid allegations of hazing and sexual assault on the team.
The team was scheduled to play in a playoff game against undefeated Delsea Regional High School, a team from Gloucester County. The decision was announced on Wednesday by the district superintendent.
“District and high school decision makers take the safety of our students and staff very seriously. There is no greater priority. We will keep the community apprised of this pending investigation to the extent that we are able,” Superintendent Tracy Handerhan wrote in a letter to parents.
The alleged incident took place in the locker room. News 12 New Jersey has been told it was videotaped by a student, and shows a sophomore football player being bullied and sexually assaulted. For that reason, this matter is now being investigated by detectives with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
“I trust that our detectives and assistant prosecutors who work in our office on every matter they handle will do everything to the fullest extent possible,” said acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey.
News 12 spoke with some Wall High School students who said they believe the entire season should be canceled.
“It’s the biggest thing in school right now. Some think it’s disgusting, some are taking it as a joke. But it depends on who you ask. I personally think it’s a serious matter,” said student Douglas Porst.
“I think it’s messed up and shouldn’t be tolerated,” said student Sean Cosme.
There are other questions police and school administrators will need to answer. Where were the coaches or teachers who were supervising the team at the time of this incident? And will they be held accountable? District officials say they reported this immediately to police and the district is cooperating.
The county prosecutor is asking that anyone who knows about this incident please come forward. Anonymous tips are welcomed.


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