Hazing allegations leave 4 students facing charges

Four Schalick High School students are facing criminal charges after hazing allegations involving the school's wrestling team surfaced.

According to the Salem County Prosecutor, a student was forced to strip in the shower and threatened with a broomstick.

Authorities say the pending charges include aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

"I think it's completely wrong," said a former student. "They really need to work on the security around here."

In a statement, Superintendent Dr. Scott Hoopes said that action needs to be taken, and assured the students that their safety is not at risk

"Earlier this week, the district administration became aware of certain events which apparently transpired in connection with the high school's wrestling programs. These events are the subject of ongoing investigation by both the district and law enforcement officials. Because of these pending investigations, and because the corrective actions which have been taken and are being considered involve students and staff, I am unable at this time to provide more details. However, I do want to make it clear that the district has dealt with all of the current issues promptly and appropriately and that attendance at the high school and participation in sports and extracurricular activities present no special risk to any student."

Anyone with information on this incident can contact the New Jersey State Police at 856-451-0101.