Wall Township district faces legal action against football team

The Wall Township School District received three notices of tort claims, the first step required when filing a lawsuit against a public entity.

The lawsuits relate to allegations of hazing by several members of the high school football team. All are under the age of 18 and are charged with juvenile criminal complaints accusing the students of hazing, attempted criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, false imprisonment and harassment.

The allegations obtained by NJ.com all make similar claims regarding a ‘brutal assault’ on three college students in which members of the football team put their hands in the victim’s pants and attempted to sexually assault them. .

No district “employee” attempted to stop the assault who are charged with “negligence, recklessness and negligence,” NJ.com reported of the notices.

The Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office did not provide details of what happened in the locker room as the law and court rules prevent them from revealing most details in cases involving underage suspects.

It was widely reported that the content of the videos of the reported hazing involved a broomstick. New Jersey 101.5 has not viewed the video.

Wall High School football field banner

Wall High School football field banner (Richard O’Donnell Photography)

Horse game or aggression?

Attorney Chris Adams, who is representing one of the charged students, has previously described the New Jersey 101.5 incident as nothing more than a “horse game” between teenagers and not sexual in nature.

“Family members and attorneys wishing to sue the school should stop trying to sensationalize for their own gain and come clean about what happened with these kids,” Adams told New Jersey 101.5. .

Adams said the incident happened outside the coach’s office and they stopped the activity between the students by blowing his whistle to signal practice was about to begin.

Attorneys for McOmber & Luber at Red Bank, who filed the notices Wednesday afternoon, did not respond to New Jersey 101.5’s request for further information.

New Jersey 101.5 confirmed a report from News 12 New Jersey that the accused players are being disciplined by the district and will not be allowed to attend prom or participate in spring sports. Instead, they will be required to perform community service.

Ed-Gurrieri

Ed-Gurrieri (Richard O’Donnell)

The wall prepares its future

The Wall High School Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the hiring of former Manalapan High School head coach Ed Gurrieri to lead its team.

“I am happy to be here. Thank you for the appointment. Thank you for placing your trust in me. We will work hard to make this team something that not only the school, but the whole community can be proud of” , Gurrieri told the board during the meeting.

He is a member of the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame and coached from 2004 to 2019 for a record of 109-35.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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