Sayreville War Memorial High School’s football team may have won three of its last four state championships, but the New Jersey school’s football season is getting cut short amid a hazing and bullying investigation.
“There was enough evidence to substantiate there were incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level, and at a level in which the players knew, tolerated and in general accepted,” superintendent Richard Labbe told press about the decision Monday night. “This is a very sad day in Sayreville.”
Local police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the goings-on, and while precise details aren’t yet known, sources told NJ.com the investigations are related to a hazing ritual that “went too far.”
The team is also facing fallout from the arrest of its assistant coach last week for steroid possession, which allegedly has nothing to do with the situation surrounding the high school football players.