‘Going to get uglier,’ Football season canceled after allegations of sexual abuse
SAYREVILLE, N.J. (CNN) – A successful high school football program was benched this season after allegations of hazing were brought to light.
Authorities are investigating an incident that allegedly took place at Sayreville High School.
Officials say as freshman walked into the locker room at the school, upperclassmen flipped off the lights and sexually abused the players.
The coach won’t comment on details of the abuse, but school officials say it may have gone on for a year.
“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.
The Sayreville Bombers took the state championship three out of the last four seasons.
Now, they won’t have a chance to win again this season.
The superintendent has canceled the season and authorities say arrests may be made in the case.
“The allegations that are being floated out there now; if that is the underlying investigation, I would expect not too long in the future you’re going to start seeing arrests,” said Thomas Buck, a former Middlesex County prosecutor. “It is only going to get uglier.”