| By Editorial Board
, Editorial Board
The lights in the locker room suddenly shut off, and upperclassmen pinned down a freshman football player, lifted him to his feet while forcing a finger in his rectum ? afterwards, the same finger would sometimes be pushed into the freshman?s mouth.
This horrifying tradition allegedly happened almost every day in the school?s locker room.
That?s the ugly ? the reprehensible, the repulsive, the ?how could this have been happening in a high school locker room? ? the details of the sexual violence that became ritual among senior members of Sayreville War Memorial High School?s football team.
Seven players have been charged with crimes ranging from aggravated sexual assault to criminal restraint for their roles in the violent, ritualistic attacks ? let?s not reduce it to ?hazing,? because this goes beyond connotations of teasing and pranks, and veers closer to rape.
And now, the bad: Players would change in the hallway before practice. read more >>