What there is to know
- The Wall High School athletic director has been placed on administrative leave following an ongoing hazing investigation into the football team, NBC 4 New York confirms.
- Tom Ridoux’s suspension follows horrific allegations of hazing on a New Jersey high school football team, which have led to coaches being suspended and games canceled.
- Former students and parents spoke in a meeting Tuesday night about their own experiences of abuse.
The Wall High School athletic director has been placed on administrative leave following an ongoing hazing investigation into the football team, NBC 4 New York confirms.
Tom Ridoux’s suspension follows horrific allegations of hazing on a New Jersey high school football team, which have led to coaches being suspended and games canceled. NBC 4 New York independently verified NJ.comRidoux report put on administrative leave.
Ridoux’s suspension was revealed towards the end of Tuesday night’s school board meeting, when his employee ID number was voted for approval of an administrative leave, reports NJ.com. Former students and parents spoke in a meeting Tuesday night about their own experiences of abuse.
It was a rocky school board meeting at Wall High School in Monmouth County. Many angry parents wanted to know why they found out about the allegations through the news and not through the school, asking when district officials first found out. Among those taking the mike were former students who say hazing has been a part of school for a long time and was bullied years ago.
Eric Duchak explained that he was dragged across the locker room floor, as well as being kicked and punched with towels, towels and helmets.
“I have kept this with me for 27 years,” Duchak told the school board. The former student called the latest allegation by several soccer players threatening to assault a young class man with a broom that is part of an ongoing culture.
And Marilyn Clayton, mother of a former student with Down’s syndrome, too. She says her son was bullied by members of the soccer team in 2012.
“It happened to my son, my son, and it got swept under the rug,” Clayton said.
Those public commentators at the meeting on Tuesday said new hazing allegations tore the bandage from their never-healed wounds.
The investigation into the hazing allegations at Wall High School led to the suspension of several coaches and the exclusion from the one-game football team. Reports by Brian Thompson of NBC New York.
The Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into the latest locker room incident in which parents said they were caught on cell phone video. Separate incidents of off-campus sexual assault are also being investigated. The office said it could not confirm or deny any details of the investigation because the minors’ files are confidential by nature.
“I want to assure the public that several assistant prosecutors and detectives are working diligently on this matter at this time, but we really need your help, anyone with information is urged to contact our office,” the prosecutor said by Monmouth County Acting Lori Linskey.
Meanwhile, the parents of the current students want to know why the district did not act sooner and many of them are calling for the resignation of those involved.
Wall Township Public School Principal Dr Tracy Handerhan said the board could not comment due to the ongoing investigation. Handerhan read a statement detailing what the district has done so far once the allegations emerged.
Some parents say they are angry that the entire football team is being punished for the allegations about around six players. One berated the district for canceling the playoffs and Thanksgiving games after a year where students had already lost so much to the pandemic.
Three Wall High School football team coaches have been suspended, sources told NBC New York, including head coach and business professor Tony Grandinetti. He and two others were placed on administrative leave.
So far, a school board member has resigned, citing the hazing allegations as the reason.
The Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office is investigating an allegation that a sophomore was mistaken with a broomstick by several upper class students on the football team. NBC New York’s Checkey Beckford reports.