A New Jersey high school is investigating claims a sophomore on the football team was pinned to the floor of the locker room and hazed with a broomstick as he screamed for help.
The allegations that the sophomore, as well as other younger players, had been abused has resulted in Wall Township High School canceling this Friday’s playoff game, NJ.com reports.
About six older players on the Crimson Knights team are being investigated after videos of the alleged hazing surfaced.
In one of the alleged incidents, a group of players could be seen surrounding the sophomore with a broomstick as he screamed, according to parents.
While the video did not show sodomy, the parents said it was clearly the intention.
They claimed the attacks have occurred more than once during the season.
“I would never dream of ever treating someone like this,” one parent told the outlet.
“It’s disturbing, and I think everyone’s main concern is that it’s going to be covered up because of the size of the program.”
The school district said it informed authorities immediately after being made aware of the claims and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was handling the case.
“Upon becoming aware of the allegation, we immediately contacted the appropriate authorities. There is a pending investigation and the school district is cooperating fully,” a district spokesperson said.
The prosecutor’s office hasn’t commented on the investigation due to juvenile records being confidential.