SAYREVILLE, N.J. (PIX11/AP) — The New Jersey high school football program that had its season canceled amid hazing and sexual assault allegations will return.
Sayreville School Superintendent Rick Labbe announced Tuesday night that the program would resume for the 2015 season.
The Home News Tribune reports the superintendent said football is a very important part of the athletic program and the community.
The superintendent canceled the 2014 season on Oct. 5, days before seven players were accused of hazing and sexually assaulting four teammates inside the locker room.
Authorities have charged seven Sayreville football players in connection to the alleged incidents, according to NJ.com.
Three of those players were charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing for engaging in an act of sexual penetration upon one of the juvenile victims.
One of those defendants and four others were charged with various counts including aggravated assault, conspiracy, aggravated criminal sexual contact, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of some of the victims.
All of the players remain suspended from school. None of the seven players will be tried as adults.
None of the coaches have been charged.
The football team’s longtime head coach remains suspended indefinitely with pay from his tenured physical education teaching position at the high school.