Seven male high school students ranging in age from 15 to 17 have been charged with sex crimes following an investigation of the shocking football locker room hazing rituals at New Jersey’s Sayreville War Memorial High School.
As we reported yesterday, Superintendent of schools Dr. Richard Labbe had cancelled the remainder of this year’s football season in light of allegations of sexual misconduct in the boy’s locker room. According to an anonymous tipster, ritual hazing included upperclassmen shoving their fingers in the rectums of underclassmen, and then into their mouths.
After the discovery of “credible and substantial evidence” to support the claims, the AP reports six of the boys were arrested and charged with “aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint, hazing and other crimes for an act of sexual penetration.” The seventh boy charged is still being sought.
“We will come together as a school district and greater community to harness the strength required to support the young men who may have been victimized and then to begin the healing process for our beloved community,” Dr. Labbe added.
He said on Friday, the school launched investigations to squash any harassment, intimidation and/or bullying in the school’s other athletic teams. Tomorrow night, concerned parents plan to hold an anti-bullying rally in a nearby park.
The boys in custody are awaiting a Family Court decision that will determine whether they’ll spend time in a juvenile detention facility for their crimes.