- Apr 19, 2004
This is what gets me.....The crunching sound of football cleats on hallway floors became the drone of dread for freshmen at a New Jersey high school. As they marched into the locker room, an ugly hazing ritual allegedly awaited them.
Upperclassmen howled as they flipped off the lights then sexually abused their younger classmates at Sayreville High School, parents and players say.
Authorities are investigating, and the school's superintendent has canceled the successful team's football season.
The coach and officials won't comment on details of the abuse, but it may have gone on for a year. A Sports Illustrated article indicated that it likely did not involve intercourse.
"There were incidents of harassment, intimidation that took place on a pervasive level, in which the players knew, tolerated and in general accepted," says Superintendent Richard Labbe.
Your kid may have sexually abused another person, but all you care about is football!!Now parents used to watching their sons' spirited team reign victorious on the gridiron are upset the season has been canceled.
"I've never seen so much dedication out of my son, and I want him to play the rest of this season," a mother said at a school meeting to the roar of applause.
Despondent players vented frustration over not being able to finish what they've started.