Mental health counselors made available at Wall Township HS due to hazing allegations

Mental health counselors were made available today at Wall Township High School in response to the recent hazing and sexual assault allegations against students at the school.

News 12 Staff

Nov 15, 2021, 11:59 AM

Updated 881 days ago

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Mental health counselors were made available today at Wall Township High School in response to the recent hazing and sexual assault allegations against students at the school. 
The school’s superintendent said the past two weeks have been extremely difficult for the school community. The hazing incident reportedly involved older players from the high school's football team pinning down a younger player and using what looked like a broom in a video. 
One of the football players involved in the hazing allegations was also recently arrested in connection to a separate sexual assault allegation off school grounds.
The school district said in a letter to parents that it's partnering up with the county to have counselors available to students. 
The letter said, “District counselors have been providing support services for our students and will continue to do so. It is not unusual for adolescents to feel anxious, sad, fearful, angry or vulnerable as a result of traumatic events. This is compounded by the fact that so many rumors are circulating online and in the media.”
On the district website, the superintendent said, in part, “I am aware of many social media posts and media reports that are grounded in rumor. This circulation of misinformation is compounding an already difficult and challenging situation. Contributing to this type of messaging is hurtful to the students, school community, and to the greater Wall Township community.”
The Wall Board of Education is having its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, and it announced Saturday that it'll be taking place at the high school auditorium, which means they're probably expecting a higher than usual attendance. 
The superintendent's office hasn't returned News 12’s request for comment.


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