A Firm Stand Against Bullying

Cancels Entire Football Season

Source: “GG Sayreville, New Jersey Superintendant.” Imgur. 7 October 2014


On 6 October 2014, following allegations of harassment and bullying and intimidation by Sayreville War Memorial football players in the Parlin section of Sayreville, New Jersey, school officials announced that the rest of the football season had been cancelled. Superintendent Richard Labbe said, “There was enough evidence that there were incidents of harassment, of intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level and at a level at which the players knew, tolerated and generally accepted. Based upon what has been substantiated to have occurred, we have canceled the remainder of the football season. We can set the standard right now for all kids for all school districts in Middlesex County, in the state and in the nation that we are not going to stand around and allow kids to do this to one another. We are going to start holding our students responsible for doing the right thing and reporting these kinds of behaviors. I believe with every fiber of my body that the only way we are going to stop bullying is if we get the kids to go to an adult or to the authorities.” An unidentified local official told ABC News, “They [Freshmen] would live in fear of seniors and juniors. They would race to the locker room to get changed and get out before the older kids got there.” Superintendent Labbe said that an investigation into allegations of hazing uncovered “incidents of harassment, intimidating and bullying … that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level and at a level in which the players knew, tolerated and in general accepted.” A parent of a younger player did the right thing and called the police. The unidentified local official said, “It was a parent of a younger kid being taunted, threatened, bullied.”

For More Information: “Sayreville football season canceled.” ESPN New York. 7 October 2014


For More Information: Dan Good, Josh Margolin, and Rheana Murray, “Freshmen on Sayreville Football Team ‘Lived in Fear’: Official.” ABC News. 7 October 2014


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