TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has expressed outrage at allegations of hazing and intimidation surrounding Sayreville High School’s football team.
Chrisite said that, if true, the reported conduct at the Middlesex County school is “extraordinarily disturbing” and “a nightmare” for the parents of the team members involved.
Law enforcement sources told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan on Thursday that at least three young football players have come forward, alleging they were sexually assaulted and inappropriately touched by a handful of older varsity players inside the team’s locker room.
They said the abuse happened on a regular basis, almost daily, Sloan reported.
“As the father of a number of teenage athletes, the idea that that kind of conduct could be permitted, if it’s true, that that kind of conduct could be permitted in a high school athletic program or anywhere else in our state for that matter is absolutely unacceptable,” Christie said in Trenton on Thursday. “It tells us something about the attitude that was allowed to pervade in that program.”
Christie said he’s spoken with the attorney general’s office and his education commissioner about the investigation and has full confidence in prosecutors.
“You think when you send your child to a sporting activity that they’re going to be engaged in activity that’s positive for them, that’s uplifting, that teaches them the right type of lessons,” he said. “If that’s what went on in Sayreville, that’s not what parents were expecting their children to be exposed to or taught and it’s unacceptable.”