Sexual abuse allegations shut down football season at New Jersey school

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Upperclass football players at Sayreville High School allegedly conducted a hazing ritual on freshmen teammates. The hazing ritual included howling, turning off the lights, and sexual abuse. The school's superintendent canceled the team's football season. Photo credit: CNN Upperclass football players at Sayreville High School allegedly conducted a hazing ritual on freshmen teammates. The hazing ritual included howling, turning off the lights, and sexual abuse. The school’s superintendent canceled the team’s football season. Photo credit: CNN

The crunching sound of football cleats on hallway floors became the drone of dread for freshmen at a New Jersey high school. As they marched into the locker room, an ugly hazing ritual allegedly awaited them.

Upperclassmen howled as they flipped off the lights then sexually abused their younger classmates at Sayreville High School, parents and players say.

Authorities are investigating, and the school’s superintendent has canceled the successful team’s football season.

The coach and officials won’t comment on details of the abuse, but it may have gone on for a year. A Sports Illustrated article indicated that it likely did not involve intercourse.

“There were incidents of harassment, intimidation that took…

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