In reaction to the reported events involving hazing in the football program at Sayreville (N.J.), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that “the facts as reported currently are extraordinarily disturbing.”
He said “if it’s true, that that kind of conduct could be permitted in a high school athletic program or anywhere else in our state for that matter, is absolutely unacceptable.”
Christie said if the allegations are true, “this is a nightmare for the parents of those young men” and “it tells us something about the attitude that was allowed to pervade in that program.”
Christie said he’s already had conversations with the Education Commissioner and the Attorney General, who are working on the issues from both an educational perspective and a law enforcement perspective.
“Both of those things need to be addressed, not only specifically in Sayreville, but more broadly across the entire state to ensure that no other young male or female athletes are exposed to that type of treatment,” the governor said.
“You think when you send your child to a sporting activity that they’re going to be engaged in activity that’s positive for them, that’s uplifting, that teaches them the right type of lessons,” Christie said. “If that’s what went on in Sayreville, that’s not what parents were expecting their children to be exposed to or taught and it’s unacceptable.”
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He said more facts are needed and that is the job of the Attorney General and the local prosecutors.
He said he’s already had conversations with the Education Commissioner “about dealing with this on a more holistic way from the educational perspective in our high schools. We’re going to keep working towards it but I don’t want to get, in terms of the facts of that individual case, any further out in front of it until we get all of the facts that are necessary to make a fair and just determination.”
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