Sources: Actions taken against students accused in Wall Township HS football hazing scandal
News 12 has confirmed with multiple sources that some actions have been taken against the Wall Township High School football players accused of harassment, hazing and criminal sexual contact against younger players.
The news comes as the case also works its way through the Monmouth County juvenile court system.
Sources say the school district banned the accused from spring sports, banned the accused from attending prom and directed them to perform community service. Once community service is completed, sources say the players could become eligible to play this fall.
The deal was struck after sources say the students rejected the district’s plans to cover tuition expenses to attend school outside of Wall Township, which is separate from the ongoing criminal case in Monmouth County Juvenile Court.
Prosecutors charged several players with hazing, criminal sexual contact and harassment.
News 12 first reported the scandal in November after videos showing junior football players holding down underclassmen and threatening them with a broom inside the school locker room. The remaining season was scrapped. The head coach, athletic director, and two assistant coaches were all placed on leave. Seven students were suspended -- six have returned and one student facing additional sex assault charges from an off-campus incident remains suspended.
Last month, the district began a search for a new head football coach.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and board president would not comment on the latest developments, citing juvenile privacy laws.
A parent of one of the victims says his son is still being harassed in the hallways, saying his family was blamed for the scandal in emails circulated around the community.
Some family members of the victims say they believe the accused will accept a plea bargain to the less serious charges.