Officials Investigating Alleged Hazing Incident Involving Wall Township High School Football Team
Updated Nov. 11, 8:27 a.m.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office is investigating an alleged hazing incident among the Wall Township High School football team, according to reports by NJ Advance Media and News 12 New Jersey.
The incident in question alleges that some upperclassmen on the football team bullied and hazed underclassmen inside the school's locker room. News 12 reported that there is a video that shows a student sexually assaulting another player.
New details emerged on Wednesday morning that elaborated on the video clip of the hazing act. Parents told NJ.com the hazing incident involved juniors attacking sophomores, and that a group of players attempted to hold down a younger player and assault him. The video shows one of the players holding the stick end of a mop or broom. Voices can be heard in the background urging the attackers to stop.
News 12 New Jersey reported that the MCPO is in possession of at least one video.
On Thursday, News 12 reported that several teaches/football coaches were put on administrative leave.
"I will say I trust I really trust the process, I trust that our detectives and assistant prosecutors that work in our office on every matter that they handle will do everything to the fullest extent possible," acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linksey told News 12.
When contacted for comment, the Wall Township School District released a statement saying "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."
Additional inquiries to the Wall Township Police Department were referred to the MCPO, which said that "juvenile records are by their nature confidential, therefore we cannot confirm or deny any details about this matter."
Wall was scheduled to host Delsea in an NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 semifinal playoff game on Friday night, but that game has been canceled by the district amid the investigation. The Crimson Knights defeated Hopewell Valley, 42-7, last Friday in the quarterfinal round. Wall is 6-3 on the season and ranked No. 5 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10, and has been one of New Jersey's best teams over the last three seasons. The Knights finished No. 1 in the Shore Conference in 2019 and 2020 and were also ranked No. 1 in the state by NJ.com at the conclusion of last season.