(SAYREVILLE, N.J.) — The Board of Education at the New Jersey high school embroiled in a football hazing scandal continued the suspension of the team’s coaches with pay during an emotional meeting Tuesday night.
Among the teachers suspended at Sayreville War Memorial High School were five with tenure, including head football coach George Najjar. The board said it would continue its investigation of the incidents, which allegedly involved older members of the team brutalizing freshmen players.
Seven football players at the school accused in the hazing scandal face a variety of criminal charges as investigators try to determine the depths of the alleged abuse. Three students face sex-crime charges, and others face charges including aggravated sexual assault to conspiracy and criminal restraint.
The players were charged after four victims were allegedly held against their will in four separate incidents, while the defendants improperly touched them in a sexual manner, police said.
The seven suspects have all been suspended from school, with the football season canceled indefinitely amid the hazing investigation. There have been no official statements on any involvement by the coaches in the hazing.
Authorities with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have not announced whether they intend to charge any of them as adults.
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