Sources: Wall School Board offered students accused of hazing tuition money for nearby schools
The Wall Township School Board apparently offered several students who were suspended for hazing tuition money to attend nearby private schools if they left the district, two sources tell News 12 New Jersey.
Friday was the day that some of the students were scheduled to return to class following their suspensions.
News 12 has previously reported about the situation involving upperclassmen on the Wall High School Football team. Several students allegedly harassed and assaulted some younger members of the team.
Videos of the incident allegedly show a younger student on the ground and one member of the team holding what appeared to be a broomstick.
News 12 has spoken to the uncle of one of the victims, who wished to remain anonymous.
"The fact that it was done quietly - raises serious questions...To me, it goes back to what our original concern was. That they are, or were, trying to keep this quiet and sweep it under the rug. That's not happening and let's hope that after all is said and done, this never happens again,” the uncle said.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the allegations. The office announced earlier this week that juvenile complaints were filed against several students. The charges include hazing, attempted criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, false imprisonment and harassment.
State Sen. Paul Sarlo is calling on the school board and the school superintendent to step down.
“The state should put a monitor in there until a new Board of Education can be elected. It's very disturbing what we learned today. As chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and big proponent of public schools and high school sports, in light of the recent allegations, clearly they are not in any position to lead that school district during these times,” Sarlo said in a statement.
Wall Board of Education President Ralph Addonizio did not comment on the tuition money situation, but said in a statement, “Wall Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tracy Handerhan, along with the Wall Township Board of Education, are steadfast in its obligation and commitment to maintain student confidentially, even in the face of misleading press coverage.”
The statement continued, “We welcome the opportunity to meet with Sen. Sarlo and provide him with the facts that we have already shared with the public at a previous board meeting. This should clear up any misinformation that has been spread over the last several weeks.”