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Patriots Roll To Playoff Win In Wake Of Assault Charges

Fans supportive of team despite players charged with aggravated assault being allowed to participate in game.

Senior wide receiver Andrew Monaghan helped defeat Vernon Friday night 48-0 in the first round of the state football playoffs.

District officials ruled Friday that Monaghan, a team captain, and eight other students could play in the game despite being charged with aggravated assault stemming from an alleged attack against two Wayne Valley High School students.

Coaches and players for Wayne Hills did not speak to reporters after the game.

Balloons with “Go Hills” swayed in the wind, while signs with messages of encouragement to the players hung from the front row of the bleachers.

Parents showed their support despite . said that the players beat up two Wayne Valley High School students on Oct. 29.

“Nothing was proven in a court of law yet so the kids should be allowed to play,” one fan said.

Other fans were not as supportive.

“They absolutely should not have been allowed to play tonight,” another fan said who did not want her name used. “It’s a disgrace they are allowed on the field tonight.”

Interim Superintendent Michael Roth in the game because they had not yet been proven guilty and did not want to be “judge and jury.” Roth cited a court decision that states school districts cannot prevent a student from participating in extracurricular activities because of an incident that occurs outside of school.

Patricia Zummo November 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM
This has everything to do with the Wayne football team. If this was an act of self defense, why didn't they just call the police and walk away from there. In my opinion the parents of these boys should have banned them from the game for fighting and beating another human being. If it were their sons hurt how would have they reacted to the situation
Pad November 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Yes, Roth, Wayne Hill's administration and the BOE are all passing the buck on this one. They should have been suspended from the team immeadiatly. Im sure the new anti-bullying law would cover this. It goes to show you what type of people are making the calls in the Wayne School District. Another scandel in Wayne.
irapasses November 14, 2011 at 11:32 PM
State Senator blasts Roth http://www.northjersey.com/news/NJ_state_senator_criticizes_decision_to_let_9_accused_Wayne_Hills_students_take_part_in_playoffs.html
proudparent November 15, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Wayne "in charge but scared" are dodging & weaving. They dropped the ball BIG TIME, cause of the bully Olsen, but like all victims of bullying,they are afraid & are trying to run for cover. You're all getting a nice salary to do something, DO SOMETHING. They'd like it to blow over quietly, while Olsen rules the WH community & they all get paid well. The citizens of Wayne are paying your salary & deserve explaination of why football players that are were arrested 2 weeks ago can take the field. They're throwing it in our faces & laughing all the way to the FB scholarships, hey whatever it takes.....did you know Olsen named Monahan(18 yr old Accused) Captain that night? Arrogance & bullying, not unlike his players. Will we let him laugh in our faces??
the dude November 15, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Proud... Did you know that the captains were named before the season by the players? Did you know that the Karate Kid was the bully, who challenged the others to fight him? Is that what they are teaching at Tiger Shulmann's? The proverb says that pride goes before a fall. That means if you are too proud and overconfident, you will make mistakes leading to your defeat
irapasses November 15, 2011 at 04:01 AM
Neil just doesnt get it. I am not part of any lynch mob. I am all about equal justice for ALL students . Somehow football players get a pass for their indescretions but Olsen comes down very hard on players in other sports. neil, check the facts if you are capable. Olsen has suspended players from various squads for mush lesser offenses then these players are charged. The case law means squat. What exactly would be the "damages" that you and the other parents will sue for? A real judge in a real courtroom will laugh you out the door. This case has been investigated, the police chief has made a public statement in which the investigation was thorough and included the District Attorney. If you want to keep your head in the sand and think a championship ring has more value then the lessons that can be taught with this episode then you and olsen deserve each other. Children in our schools are not afforded due process before they are penalized.Sorry but children do not have the same rights as adults. If a kid is caught chewing gum and it is against the rules, then they are sent to detention. THe administrator does not have to provide any due process when doling out the punishment.
the dude November 15, 2011 at 04:38 AM
no ira...you don't get it, and you'll never get it...because you are a hater and have a problem with Olsen. You are not about equal justice...you made your judgment based on what you read in the newspaper. You are actually advocating against due process, as if citizens should be unjustly punished based on their age. Unreal. The Karate Kid was the bully, with a documented history and town-wide reputation as a bully...unprovoked sucker-punching students in school, with suspensions on record. He's been training to fight, he wanted to fight, he's been looking for a fight, and he challenged these football player to fight him. He got what he asked for, and when one kid knocked him down, he got up and attacked the next kid. Ultimately he got beat down, because he would otherwise have not stopped fighting. "I got them" is what he wrote on his Facebook page.
irapasses November 15, 2011 at 04:43 AM
i dont even bother reading your posts "the dude" and i bet 95% of the rational people on here are in the same boat. but keep it up with what i am sure was another post that proves your (lack of) intellect and rational thought.
the dude November 15, 2011 at 04:51 AM
OK ...let's bet. The rational people on here agree with me. So where can I collect? As if anybody named "ira" ever played HS footballl..anywhere.
irapasses November 15, 2011 at 05:09 AM
i dont even bother reading your posts "the dude" and i bet 95% of the rational people on here are in the same boat. but keep it up with what i am sure was another post that proves your (lack of) intellect and rational thought.
Albert November 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM
The Dude. What you do not understand is why people are outraged. I dont think anyone is outraged that there was a fight between HS kids. And I know you side is the kids started it and threw the first punch. Which may or may not be true. But the fact is it does not matter if there are 100 different sides to the story. People are utraged because it was a GANG attack, that was premeditated by the fact that these 9 boys got in the car to "hunt" this kid down, and then 9 boys beat up 2 boys and left one unconscious in the middle of the road. The fact that is was 9 against 2 and the fact that they left a boy unconscious in the road could have led to attempted murder charges instead of aagravated assault.
Al Scala November 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Negative headlines again today in the BERGEN RECORD, local section. We now have State Senators assailing against the 9 being allowed to play. I think it's time for our BOE trustees to go.
the dude November 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Albert...what you refuse to accept is that the facts are in dispute, so your outrage is based on information that may or may not be true. Each so-called fact that you state above is in dispute...that it was a gang attack, that it was a premeditated attack, that it was 9-on-2, that they hunted them down, that they left him unconscious in the middle of the road. These so-called "facts" are only allegations, actions that are alleged to have happened. Some allegations above were made in statements by the police chief, and some haven't even been made by the police...you made them. None have been proven factual.
Albert November 15, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Dude, are you saying you are disputing the FACT that a young boy was left unconscious in the middle of the road? That was stated by police, that is how the POLICE found him. There is NO JUSTIFICATION for leaving someone in the road unconscious. Please, please, give me a reason or story that gives that justification. If these 9 young men feel they were justified, then I hope they don't plead down and take their chances with the actual evidence that the Wayne Police, and the county prosecutor have that made them actualy charge these young men.
the dude November 15, 2011 at 01:25 PM
The police say they found him unconscious in the road near the curb. They don't say how he got there, they don't say that he was left there by the others...you are saying that as though you know it to be a fact. When the police found the boy, they woke him and asked if he was drunk. They assumed that he was passed out drunk. He told them the he had been knocked out in a fight. Because he said it, does that make it a fact? A boy got drunk at a party, got into a fight with another boy, then passed out drunk on the side of the road. Because I have written that here, is it a fact?
Albert November 15, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Dude, here is the problem with your "story". At least one of the boys has come clean and has named names. This I have heard from someone very involved in the investigation. So lets see how the others fair if they go to trial with at least one of the boys involved is on the wtness stand. My guess is most if not all will plea bargin. So time will tell.
the dude November 15, 2011 at 02:02 PM
So let time tell. But until that time, the facts remain in dispute. This forum has, for the most part, been an attack on the coach. The attack started with the Record article last Wednesday, days before the decision to allow the accused to play. The attackers on this site accused Olsen of lying because he denied knowledge of the incident. I pointed out that Olsen never denied knowledge of the incident, he denied knowledge of the arrest when the reporter interviewed him...immediately after the arrest. He didn't yet know that the kids had been arrested...that's all he said. Didn't matter, the attackers twisted his words, twisted the truth...and off we went. I have read conflicting stories on this site and others, some by folks who claim to have been present. I have yet to read a statement anywhere, by someone claiming to be present, that corroborates what has been alleged by the police. The facts remain in dispute. Some of the accused may be found to be innocent, all of the accused are entitled to the presumption of innocence. I'm one of the few on this site who are according that to them.
Sue Wielkotz November 15, 2011 at 02:27 PM
I am outraged by the media frenzy over the alleged incident involving Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High School students. The news media should strive to report a story in full as opposed to bits and pieces. I am also appalled that an elected official, a school board member, would be so reckless as to characterize this incident as a gang style event. Do not misunderstand me, I do not condone this behavior by the Hills or Valley students, however I do believe in due process and that you are innocent until proven guilty. I also believe the outrage directed towards Coach Olsen is unwarranted. All Coach Olsen has done is stand by his players and adhere to the direction of the Administration. He has coached and taught in this town for over twenty five years and has a reputation second to none. The people calling for his resignation are the same people who rail against his success, unhappy with their own program and lack of success. I have know Coach Olsen and his family for over ten years, my youngest son is a junior at Wayne Hills and plays for Coach Olsen. i have never met a person more committed to his players and their families in my life. Let the boys play football, let the coach do his job and let the legal system determine what really happened that night.
Wayne's World November 15, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Sue - I am getting tired of reiterating this but why can't anyone separate the legal issue of due process with the idea that the boys who were involved ought to be punished on some level - starting with their parents? This is the craziest thing to me! Isn't it enough that these young men let things escalate to the point where someone was lying in the street, unconscious or not and kicked/stomped and possibly urinated on? As a parent, wouldn't you punish the kid just for being there? I would. The issue with Coach is just an extension of the issue with parents. If I am Monaghan's parents, how do I justify letting that kid play? I mean, these kids were charged/arrested with a pretty serious crime for someone that age. Even if it these kids wind up being "not guilty" under the legal system, can't any of the WH football parents see that their sons are still deserving of real punishment and caracter-building? Coach doesn't get it but not because he is standing by his players/family (there are plenty of his former players who claim he didn't treat them fairly) but purely out of self-interest. The Coach's job is more than just football - especially since he's also the AD. He is not their parents and not the law, but at WH he might as well be. No one is railing against success and this petty jealousy argument is silly. I was proud of WH until now and my kids aren't even in the school system yet. There are others like me, so we have no dog in this race.
stewart resmer November 15, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Heres the facts, some body got beat up, some body went to the hospital, and then? ...nothing happened. Not the first kids to get knocked senseless by a group of rowdies, not the first group to get themselves in trouble, not even the first kids to have an entire school district look the other way? But here and now? There is little toelerance for how this has been handled so far...'just the facts ma'am'.
Wayne's World November 15, 2011 at 04:26 PM
The "case law" cited by Mr. Roth is hardly binding precedent. Below is a copy of the NJ Commissioner of Education Decision (as administered by an ALJ). It is currently on appeal and no final decision has been rendered. The ALJ does hammer home the point about overstepping disciplinary action but there are some key distinctions between Ramapo and here, mostly lawyer stuff. Tellingly, despite striking down the Ramapo school policy, the judge writes: "It is too much of a stretch to find that all off-school-grounds conduct that may result in one of those violations would automatically make it necessary for the Board to suspend or revoke a student’s ability to participate in extracurricular activities in order to protect the well-being of the student, other students or the school staff. Further, the requirement in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6(a)2 that authorizes a board to revoke a student’s ability to participate in extracurricular activities when the student’s off-school-grounds conduct “materially and substantially interferes with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school” emphasizes the notion that there must be some link between the conduct and the school environment. See also, R.R. v. Bd. of Ed., Shore Reg. H.S., 109 N.J. Super. 337, 343-344 (Ch. Div. 1970). This is more than enough for the WH to mete out discipline here. http://www.nj.gov/education/legal/commissioner/2010/sep/383-10.pdf
Al Scala November 15, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Sue, as far as Coach Olsen's reputation relative to coaching and teaching being second to none, well. that's debateable. He is a very successful football coach who has developed a successful program. No argument with that. However, his passion for winning, and I admire this, at times goes too far. I've never been on the field or heard him talk to his kids during a game, however there have been incidents, words and moments, that would not do the coach proud. How do I know this? I have about a dozen or so friends, whose kids played for Olsen. Although they respect him highly for his coaching accumen, his demeanor with the kids at times, leaves a lot to be desired . Now, in the heat of the moment, can something be said that just isn't right. Of course it can. However, Coach Olsen should be the voice of reason, and is the face of our school at games. Do we need a guy who at times becomes a maniac? I don't know. Is that what it takes to win games, belittle the players and scare the living daylights out of them with his temper and demeanor I have 2 friends who sent their kids to DePaul who played football and had very good careers there, They wouldn't send them to Hills because of Olsen. I personally don't think he's a bad guy, but I do think he runs to his own tune? Yes, and I object to that. I think our Board of trustees need to address this situation, and reel, him in a bit.They seem to be as intimidated of him as his players are and frankly, who's running the ship?
George November 15, 2011 at 06:17 PM
@ Sue Wielkotz...All Coach Olsen has done is stand by his players and adhere to the direction of the Administration. All Joe Paterno did was stand behind his coaches and adhereto the direction of the PSU Administration. Doesn't make it right.
irapasses November 15, 2011 at 07:12 PM
seems like it is better to beat someone senseless off school grounds then it is to be caught cheating, cutting school, chewing gum, etc...things that could lead to suspension and no extra-curricular activities. where exactly does the anti-bullying law take effect? if it is only on school grounds then how do they claim jurisdiction over social media sites such as facebook? Is it now okay to bully someone the entire summer because school is not in session? Where has common sense gone?
irapasses November 15, 2011 at 07:37 PM
the HIB policy on the BOE website clearly details the definition http://www.wayneschools.com/district/board_of_education/policies_and_regulations/documents/DistrictPolicyHarassmentIntimidationBullying5512.pdf 3. Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other pupils; and that 4. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances
Albert November 15, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Having never met Coach Olsen or had any dealing with him, I have no opinion of like or dislike for him. I think he made the wrong decision. My problem is with the parents that missed an oppurtunity to teach these young men a lesson about what consequences there are when getting caught up in something like this. Is a playing in a football game more important than teaching these young men a lesson? It would seem so. What disgust me is the fact that some of these parents are defending the thought process that the football game IS more important, almost accepting the actions that left a young boy unconscious in the middle of the road. You can give 100 sides to the story, NONE justify that. My guess is that most of these boys are actually good kids, that just got caught up in an alcohol filled situation that got out of control. Sue, I am sorry. You are wrong. And parents that defends actions that left a boy unconscious in the middle of the road, disgust me. It is a stupid game of football, is it really that much more important than them learing a lesson? The fact is something happened, yes we dont have all the facts, few people do, however as a coach, and more importantly a PARENT, there should have been some sort of consequence. Unless Sue, you are the type of parent that always claims, my son could have never done anything like that. Time to take off the blinders.
irapasses November 15, 2011 at 07:55 PM
everyone should call the BOE at 973-633-3000 and ask to speak with MR Roth or anyone else that can clify the HIB policy. Seems since it is a police matter they feel it is out of their jurisdiction to do anything. Feeble. So again, if you commit a minor offense, not police -related then you are subject to HIB. So you might as well escalate your offense to make it a police matter and then the BOE will ignore it. Does that make any sense?
Frank November 16, 2011 at 04:08 AM
A successful coach is not judged by simply the number of wins he or she attains. Success is achieved when life lessons are taught. Where young "boy's" become "men of honor and integrity" an example of a successful coach can be seen tonight at Madison Square Garden, coach "K" of the Duke Blue Devils. He wont ever talk about or boast about how many win's he has. He is one example of a great coach. EVERYONE should take a moment and read this ENTIRE public legal document. http://www.state.nj.us/education/legal/commissioner/308-98.pdf This legal document serves as insight into a systemic "look the other way" policy when it comes to Mr. Olsen. It's findings date back to 1995. Moral guidance should be instilled by PARENTS and obviously they missed the boat on this big time. This is not a HILLS VS VALLEY issue. This is a microcosm of what is wrong with our society. I relocated my family to another state from Wayne 6 yrs ago and I have no axe to grind here. I still have friends who live in the township and I am saddened by the situation. I coached travel soccer and tried my very best to make it a positive experience for the kids I coached.
Mike Devant November 17, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Joe Pa got his...............just saying???
Mike Devant November 17, 2011 at 04:29 AM
This issue rests with the parents of these boys first. Poor upbringing. Lack of character and integrity. Most kids today have no respect for themselves(steriods) nor have the coping skills needed to take into adulthood. To escalate this to a fight where somebody is knocked unconscious shows a level of hate that is downright frightening. I would add that our society has been let down on many levels for many years...........BOE, administrators, principal and coaches all condone a win at all cost mentality. Having a wall of trophies and the most wins in a career is hollow if you lack integrity and character. Most kids today will grow up clueless about how to handle advesity and relationships. They can thank their mentors and parents for that. Kids may be bigger and physically stronger than years ago but that is more than offset by their inability to use critical thinking skills.

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