In the wake of the hazing scandal, a new Jersey senator calls for the Wall school board and the superintendent to resign
Sen. Paul Sarlo, a long-time high school sports advocate and one of the most influential lawmakers in New Jersey, has called on the Wall Board of Education and superintendent to resign Friday if he learned that the board would spend at least two students money on school tuition.
Sarlo has also called for the state Department of Education to install a monitor in the district until a new superintendent and board are elected.
Sarlo told NJ Advance Media that the whole board of education and superintendent should resign effective immediately. The allegations at the beginning of this have been very troubling and these latest allegations are disturbing.
According to two sources, one of the district's board members paid tuition money to at least two alleged assailants. The district would pay the students a prorated amount of money for private school tuition to attend a new school for the second half of the current school year and then $18,000 for tuition for the 2022-2023 school year.
Sarlo, who serves as the chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee and is the Deputy Majority Leader of the New Jersey Senate, is also a long-term youth and high school sports coach and father of two athletes.
According to the writer, he has been following Wall's scandal since the NJ Advance Media reported allegations of hazing in the football team's locker room in November.
Ralph Addonizio, the Wall Board of Education's president and its president Tracy Handerhan have both not immediately returned messages Friday as a result of their investigation.
Sarlo's request for a state monitor was made public Friday afternoon, according to a department spokeswoman.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has announced Monday that a Wall student was felony for allegedly committing a sexual assault off campus.
The prosecutor's office has stated that juvenile hazing, attempted criminal sexual contact, and false imprisonment may be filed against the other student.
In the postseason, three coaches and the athletic director have been placed on administrative leave.
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Kevin Shea and Joe Atmonavage, a reporter for NJ Advance Media, have contributed to this publication.
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