Five football coaches from Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey have been suspended from teaching after being embroiled in a “sick” hazing scandal. However, each of the five coaches to include the head coach, George Najjar, will continue to be paid under a current state law.
A source close to the situation and with direct knowledge quoted that the suspensions included not only coach Najjar, but also Mark Poore, Tim Ballard, Ed Mish, and Mike Novak. This coming Tuesday, officials with the Sayreville War Memorial High School will take a vote to determine what the next step should be.
As reported by the New Jersey Advance Media, some of the five football coaches were actual school staff whereas others were there only as substitutes. Although the coaches have been suspended, an investigation is underway to determine if any or all of them will be charged with a crime.
The five coaches became the center of a horrible hazing scandal, which involved seven players between the ages of 15 and 17 on the Bomber’s football team who assaulted new students of the school. According to the parents of the victims, the targeted students were held down and anally penetrated with one abuser’s finger, then forced to put the finger in their mouth.
Based on the allegations, arrests warrants were issued for all seven of the football players, who were then charged with juvenile delinquency by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office in connection with four separate attacks. The allegations involve older team members routinely holding new players down while committing horrendous sex acts on them.
Although a full investigation is ongoing, it was learned that in order for the sick hazing ritual to be carried out, seven people at once had to be involved. In a statement from the school’s superintendent, Richard Labbe, officials now have enough evidence to substantiate that there was in fact incidences of harassment, bullying, and intimidation on the football team.
Because some of the perpetrators are under the age of 18, no names of players who committed the acts have been released although information is expected to be shared by local law enforcement authorities sometime soon.