GLEN ROCK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Police say members of the Glen Rock High School wrestling team are accused of sexually abusing some younger boys.
Two Glen Rock High freshmen are out of school and police say they’re facing charges that they inappropriately touched three middle school boys during after-school activities at Glen Rock Middle School.
Police say the incident allegedly occurred when middle school and high school students were together at a wrestling function after school.
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Students from the middle and high schools are usually kept apart. There are two different buildings with one shared cafeteria where they eat lunch at separate times.
“It’s very infrequent that high school students have any opportunity to interact with middle school kids,” said parent Loreen Lesso. “This is an anomaly. It’s an unfortunate incident. The school will handle it and take care of it.”
Police Chief Frederick Stahman told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider that the alleged incident seems to be more than just horsing around and says if the allegations are true, the actions of those involved are criminal.
“This was totally inappropriate. There are jokes and there are gags you pull on people, but what these two young boys did to these other kids totally crossed the line,” he said.
The accusations have some parents wondering if the incident was possibly a hazing ritual that went out of control.
“I think it’s terrible,” said parent Scott Goodyear. “You hear about this stuff happening at other places, but not here.”
“Honestly, I would never expect it because the kid was really smart. I think it’s being blown a little out of proportion, but it’s still not a good situation,” said Glen Rock High School student Dean Spon.
The school district released a statement saying in part:
“A thorough investigation was conducted. Administrative action has been taken. The school’s disciplinary policy has been followed. Support has been provided for the children and families involved. The matter has been referred to the Glen Rock Police Department which will address the incident within the scope of its jurisdiction.”
The two Glen Rock High freshman appeared before a juvenile court judge in Hackensack Tuesday morning.
Because they’re underage, the judge won’t release what recommendations were made. The police chief says the judge might recommend therapy or psychiatric counseling for the teenage boys.
Police say the two minors face charges of juvenile delinquency equivalent to aggravated criminal sexual contact and lewdness.
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