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7 Wayne Hills Players Sentenced to Probation

Five-month long case brought sweeping changes to the district.

Seven of the nine Wayne Hills High School football players who were charged with aggravated assault last fall were sentenced to probation late last month, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

The report states that each of the seven players pleaded guilty to simple assault in order to be allowed to enter a juvenile probation program.

The nine players were charged with aggravated assault after police said they .

The incident ignited a firestorm of controversy. Residents in town were often divided on how they thought coach Chris Olsen and district officials should have handled the situation.

District Superintendent Ray Gonzalez declined to comment on the sentences.

"As a matter of policy, Wayne Public Schools does not comment on media reports about its students," Gonzalez said. "The district's focus is on students' education."

Karen Marron and Janine Del Vecchio, co-presidents of the Wayne Coucnil of Parent Teacher Organizations, also declined to comment.

Board of Education President Donald Pavlak Jr. could not be reached for comment. 

The incident prompted district administrators to adopt a coaching the team and remaining the school’s athletic director.

The players were allowed to participate in the team’s first-round state playoff game against Vernon. .

Then-interim Superintendent Michael Roth , or any other extra-curricular activities, but the Board of Education placed a stay on the ban the next day after Roth and the board held a 4-hour, closed-door hearing with players and their legal representatives after the meeting to discuss the charges and the evidence in the case.

The stay was placed pending a hearing to be held later that month at the board's office, "so that additional facts and information can be considered," said board President Donald Pavlak Jr.

The board upheld Roth’s extra-curricular ban and lifted the stay on Nov. 25.

Board trustee Robert Ceberio said in November that the incident had impacted the day-to-day operations in the district, especially at Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools. Ceberio said the incident on Oct. 29 left a “black mark” on Wayne.

"This is not characteristic of the majority of our 8,700 students who truly reflect the good of our district and community. The Wayne Board of Education believes that violence is unacceptable related to our school, connected to extracurricular activities or in our community," Ceberio said.

An and the . The players, all starters, did not play in the team’s state sectional title game. Hills defeated Old Tappan 15-12, giving the Patriots their second consecutive group state championship and Olsen his eighth in the previous 10 years. Hills came back to win the game in the final three minutes.

“What can I say about these kids,” Olsen said on the field after the game. “At halftime they said, ‘Coach we’re going to win this game’.”

Parents and residents criticized Olsen for choosing not to suspend the players for the team’s first two state playoff games; Olsen is also the school’s athletic director.

The board prohibiting administrators and supervisors from coaching sports teams and acting as advisors of any district athletic, co-curricular, or extra-curricular program.

Dozens of residents and football players to ask officials to amend or reverse the policy. No one on the board made a motion to take such action.

Andrew Monaghan, the only adult at the time the charges were filed, agreed to enter Pre-Trial Intervention, a probationary-like program, NorthJerey.com reported last month.

A who violate the code both on and off school grounds.

Student athletes in either high school and each middle school will have to sign the code of conduct if they want to play sports. Parents of students younger than 18 must also sign it.

“This new code is an extremely positive step forward for the district,” Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said in a statement “Now, students, coaches, and parents alike will know exactly what is considered acceptable.”

The policy states that team coaches are charged with establishing discipline and basic rules for their teams. Coaches also have the right to suspend athletes for “infractions of these rules” and the code.

pam roz March 26, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Albert: If you were responding to me, first, I'd like you to get your eyeglasses checked. Second, I challenge you to find ANY post of mine which confirms or even suggests what you claim in your first sentence. And you are the type of individual to whom the BOE chose to listen??? That is a sorry commentary. Gordon, you are entitled to your opinion. Just remember, it is an opinion. I personally don't think it had ANYTHING to do with WH - WV. If it were 2 stoned, drunk, smart ass Hills kids that who showed up at a party to which they were not invited, and started mouthing off and fighting with everyone, being disrespectful to the adults and neighbors, do you really think the results would have been different? I do agree that it is a no win situation for anyone.
WayneinWayne March 26, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Pam - you have gone on and on and on about the real truth....please enlighten us.
eyes wide shut March 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
WayneinWayne. YOU really need to ask Pam to enlighten us? She is doing that WITHOUT being asked..Whats funny is, the truth to the OLD saying. "empty barrels make the most noise". BTW..Pam when is the going away party for your savior? Betting most here would like to send a fruit basket or something as a going away present..
pam roz March 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Well, WayneinWayne, since you ask... I did omit the facts that at least one of the two kids has been in trouble with the law multiple times and had already been suspended from WV sometime prior to the incident, which took place in Oct 2011. eyes and brain wide shut...you don't seem to know any facts, not even the date of the going away party. But, make your best attempt to prove me wrong. Guess what, you can't! And since you can't, let's make an assumption that this info is accurate. Try to distance yourself from your lovefest with WVHS and let us know if the info is accurate, would your unbiased opinion on ANYTHING change at all?
eyes wide shut March 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Pam YOUR boys were GUILTY as charged and plea bargain down..Along with Coach Olsen getting a FRUIT basket we are going to send YOU one too..Perhaps you should buy YOUR coaches house?? Maybe keep it as a shrine? Pam you are out with the tide along with your so called savior.. Don't let the cabin door hit either of you in the butt on the way out..Na Na Na Na, hey hey GOOD BYE
eyes wide shut March 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Oh Pam, anything coming from YOU, no one would ever assume ANYTHING
pam roz March 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Oops, I'm sorry eyes/brain wide shut, there I am again using multiple syllable words. I know you have trouble with them. I'll try to dumb it down for you next time.
eyes wide shut March 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
na na na na, hey hey, good bye LOL LOL LOL
WayneinWayne March 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Pam - how many of the Wayne hills boys had run ins with the police before thie 9-2? How many had run-ins with the police after the incident? Let's see how truthful you can be and how much you really know
pam roz March 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Gee, Wayne... You really want to go there??? I guess you know the identifications of each of the 9 then, don't you? One name was publicized. The other 8 were not. Despite the fact that I question the need to reply to you, when you don't respond to my specific questions, I am, at the very least truthful in what I post. The truth is I don't know, except for the one adult boy whose name was mentioned in the pep rally/air horn incident. I don't exactly call that a "run in with police." Just media embellishing a story to make a buzz. Seems strange that you are not denying the history of the victims, one of whom was tweeting/facebooking about the drugs he was going to score as the result of this incident. Hmmm......
not from wayne March 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
@Pam You should really get your facts straight. First of all, what do you think the 8 guilty Hlls kids were doing that night having milk & cookies?? Are you sure that they were invited? Why don't you call the host of party and check your facts. Maybe the victims were invited, considering one victim has known the family his entire life. Why can't you admit that these 8 boys got way out of control and did something wrong that night. Thank God their brutal attack didn't cause any serious pyhsical injuries for everyone involved. The guilty are very lucky, because if weren't their first offense and the physical injuries were worse; their punishment would have been so much harsher. That's a fact and the law!
WayneinWayne March 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
pam roz - does the history of the victims really come into play and make the 8-2 beating acceptable? did they have it coming and the wayne hills boys were judge, jury, executioner and doled out their form of justice? I do know all 9 of the names mentioned and i do know that at least 1 had a police involved problem in the summer before the event. Another 1 has had a police issue after the event. do you really want to go there pam? whats good for the goose. keep your head in the sand and only acknowledge the facts that suit you. that is the definition of ignorance
pam roz March 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Wayne: You really have a comprehension problem, don't you? I acknowledged every fact I was aware of, including the one "after the incident". If one, as you are suggesting, had a police record prior to the incident, I find it hard to believe that the prosecutors would agree to a sentence of probation, especially if there was evidence to support the original charge of aggravated assault. By simple deduction, there obviously was no evidence to support that charge. And yes, I do believe the victim's history absolutely was considered when the sentencing of the 7 was agreed upon.
eyes wide shut March 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Pam, YOU, YOUR coach and all the rest are OUT with the tide. Face it and get over it.....GUILTY as CHARGED..The law has spoken and so have the residents of this town...Yes a fruit basket for you is in order...bye bye
WayneinWayne March 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
if you believe the victims history was considered when the sentencing was done then you are in essence saying "blame the victim" for the beating. what a great role model you must be. So if a girl wears a short skirt and is raped it is also partly her fault right pam? keep your head in the sand... its a great place to be. I know for a fact that one of the 8 guilty was involved with the police beforehand because his older brother was also involved and they published his name in the paper. hole in sand - meet pam's head.
eyes wide shut March 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The more Pam spews the more funny she looks, Its really a joke, everyone and we mean everyone gets it expect Pam, oh maybe her coach the savior...It will be all over soon, the house will sell and Pam will have to look for something else to whine about..
WayneinWayne March 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
i still believe pam 's real last name ends in O. who else would ignore reality and all common sense and keep up this charade of stupidity.
eyes wide shut March 27, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Now that would be an insult to the coach LOL
Kelly Lonigan March 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Hey PAM - do you know the teacher that was assaulted with the airhorn? do you know her medical status and how she has been adversely effected? I'm pretty sure she is in bad shape but you seem to be the ultimate Wayne Hills apologist. The incident was alot more then the media embellishing a story to create a buzz. OH BOY
Kelly Lonigan March 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
HEY PAM _ READ THIS http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2011/11/22/greg-olsens-dad-knows-how-to-show-his-football-program-is-bigger-than-its-high-school/
pam roz March 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM
You haters are in for a surprise. Let's see how your pocketbooks appreciate it.
WayneinWayne March 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM
on no. here we go again. pam claims to have "inside" info. should we hold our breathe. lets hope its better then the last time when she was a complete failure. i predict right now there will be zero dollars gained in any lawsuit.
pam roz March 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Complete failure, Wayne? Giving you the benefit of the doubt for missing two apostrophes, your post has two other obvious misspellings where your command of the English language is clearly lacking. I suggest you look in the mirror before YOU call someone a "complete failure". To your chagrin, there will be more than dollars gained.
eyes wide shut March 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Pam YOUR ship has sailed....BYE BYE ...Whats the RSVP date for the going away party for Coach and hopefully YOU...
WayneinWayne March 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
yes pam you and all your predictions and "inside" facts have amounted to ZERO. i'm still waiting for the big truth that you posted about over and over again. keep bowing to false idols and make HS football your biggest priority in life. you are a great role model. lets get some details about this big lawsuit for 1 kid missing 1 HS football game . The BOE made their decisions based on the Wayne PD. So i guess the injured party is suing the Wayne PD? how funny that you actually believe any of this mularkey. Wasnt the party involved suspended from school for an extended period as a junior? oh yea, i forgot, head in the sand pam.
Scondo March 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The young man who was not involved held a press conference this am on 10 10 wins
Wayne's World March 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I heard it on the way to work. The intro to the interview (of which 10 seconds was aired) said that scholarship offers dried up in the wake of the accusations. The kid didn't mention that at all in the part that was aired. He basically said his life was made very difficult, mostly because the incident was talked about incessantly at school and he was tired of hearing it. He said that others testified that he was not at the scene but it made no difference in being cleared early. He said he was at a different party and did not witness any of the incident but did mention there was a fight in the garage that seemed to have started the whole thing. Didn't really know what to make of the interview. The part that aired was basically what I mentioned. The kid sounded a little dopey, almost half-asleep, so I don't know if that was a bit of nerves being interviewed or just being a 17 yr old.
Kit Rogers March 28, 2012 at 07:38 PM
That's nice call the kid dopey,,,,,what is wrong with you?
Dory Degen May 19, 2012 at 07:28 PM
real nice lady. you seem to be enjoying this just a sukosh too much.
Harry June 11, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I want to know how are the 2 whom were attacked ??

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