SAYREVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Controversy has erupted after Sayreville High School in New Jersey suddenly canceled three football games, and prosecutors have also launched an investigation into what sources told CBS 2 may have been hazing.
As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported, parents of some members of the team in packed a room and demanded answers Friday about why three games were canceled.
Sayreville public schools posted the following statement on its Facebook page Thursday:
“Due to serious unforeseen circumstances, the Sayreville Bomber varsity football game scheduled to be played this evening against South Brunswick has been cancelled. In addition, the freshmen football game scheduled for this afternoon and the junior varsity game schedule for Monday afternoon have also been postponed. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that may result from this change.”
But not everyone was about to accept apologies so easily.
“Are you going to have a meeting with us before the press to let us know what really happened so we can understand?” one woman demanded.
The superintendent said he canceled the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman football games because of serious allegations.
“If true, (the allegations) would indicate inappropriate conduct at a significant and serious nature within the high school football program,” said Sayreville Supt. Richard Labbe.
Labbe stopped short of calling the conduct a hazing incident, and would not say whether football players or staff members have been disciplined.
But CBS 2 News has learned that the investigation is of a sexual nature, and centers around several members of the football team.
While the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office has not commented, sources said it was not just one incident, but was ongoing.