Allegations of hazing at Wall High School football program investigated, district says



An investigation has been opened into an allegation of hazing within the Wall High School football program, NJ Advance Media has learned.

In a phone call Tuesday in response to a request for comment on the soccer hazing allegations, Wall Township Education Council chairman Ralph Addonizio read a statement on behalf of the district confirming the ‘investigation.

“After learning of the allegation, we immediately contacted the relevant authorities,” Addonizio said in the statement. “An investigation is underway and the school district is cooperating fully. We cannot comment further on an ongoing investigation into a student case. “

Addonizio declined to elaborate on the statement.

Wall’s football coach Tony Grandinetti and superintendent of schools Tracy Handerhan did not respond to phone messages Tuesday seeking comment.

Captain Greg Carpino of the Wall Police Department referred questions about the hazing allegations to the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Spivey, public information manager for MCPO, declined to comment via email, writing that “the files on minors are inherently confidential and therefore we cannot confirm or deny any details about them.”

One of New Jersey’s main programs, Wall is currently 6-3 on the season and is set to host Delsea on Friday night in the South Jersey State Playoffs, Group 3. The team played last Friday, defeating Hopewell Valley, 42-7, in the first round of the playoffs.

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