Officials probe alleged hazing, sexual assault involving Wall HS football team
Officials in Monmouth County are investigating an alleged incident of hazing on a local high school football team.
News 12 New Jersey has learned that the incident apparently happened at Wall Township High School.
Multiple sources tell News 12 that upperclassmen on the football team subjected lowerclassmen to bullying and hazing, which allegedly happened inside of the high school locker room.
At least one video allegedly shows students threatening and in one case sexually assaulting another player. This is according to a witness who has seen the video.
News 12 reached out to the Wall Township Police Department and was referred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor says that juvenile records are by their nature confidential and that the office could not confirm or deny any details on the matter.
A spokesperson for the Wall Township district said in a statement, "Upon becoming aware of the allegation, we immediately contacted the appropriate authorities. There is a pending investigation and the school district is cooperating fully. We cannot comment further on a pending investigation of a student matter."
According to the district policy printed on its web page, "Harassment, intimidation or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe environment. Therefore, the school district will not tolerate acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying."
Wall is scheduled to play in a playoff game this Friday at home against Delsea. Some parents have told News 12 that they would like to see the game and season canceled in light of the allegations.
The game is currently still scheduled.