Four students from Arthur P. Schalick High School were charged with multiple counts of offenses after restraining and threatening another student in the shower with a broomstick.
In a hazing incident, four students threatened another student with a broomstick while he was in the shower and are now facing multiple charges of offenses.
All four of the students were in the wrestling team and the victim of this incident was trying to join them. Their names were not stated.
According to Daily Journal, Salem Country Prosecutor John T. Lenahan said that they are charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, criminal restraint, conspiracy to commit criminal restraint, hazing, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, conspiracy to possess a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and conspiracy to unlawfully possess a weapon.
The students first stripped the victim down and restrained him at the shower, where some held broomsticks issuing threatening statements.
Reyleigh Schaller, a student at the school, commented to CBS Philly. “A lot of people are very anxious and on edge about it and it’s horrible. I know people who don’t want to be in our school anymore because of it,” said Reyleigh Schaller, a student at the school.
Because of this, the action of the four wrestlers also affected their team, as it decided to pull out from the opening of Pine Barrens Tournament at Shawnee as planned on Saturday and a tri-match against Penns Grove and Salem on Monday.
According to NJ, Schalick superintendent Scott Hoopes said he would be making no further comment when his office was contacted by phone Friday morning. However, he did release a statement regarding this issue.
“Earlier this week, the District Administration became aware of certain events which apparently transpired in connection with the High School’s wrestling program. These events are the subject of an ongoing investigation by both the District and law enforcement officials.
Because of these pending investigations, and because the corrective actions which have been taken and are being considered involve students and staff, I am unable at this time to provide more details.
However, I do want to make it clear that the District has dealt with all of the current issues promptly and appropriately and that attendance at the High School and participation in sports and extracurricular activities present no special risk to any student.”
The school has not announced when or if the team will compete this season.