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Update: Two GR Students Charged With Inappropriately Touching Middle Schoolers

Two high school students accused of touching middle school students in a "sexual nature" during a wrestling function, authorities say

students were arrested Monday and charged with inappropriately touching three students at a wrestling practice last week, officials said Monday.

According to a release sent by Chief Fred Stahman, police initiated an investigation on Jan. 24 after allegations surfaced that two male Glen Rock High School students had touched three male middle school students in an "inappropriate" and "sexual" nature.

"One of the teens held down the younger kids while the other older teen touched them," reported NBC News 4 Tuesday night, citing statements made by authorities. The three middle school students are aged 11, according to NBC.

The two high school students, identified as 15-year-old freshmen in various news reports, have been charged with "juvenile delinquency based upon conduct which if committed by an adult would be various counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact and Lewdness," Stahman said. Because they are minors, their identities have not been made public.

Police did not release further detail of the alleged incidents.

In its statement, the school district said it's "taking this opportunity to assure the school community that an incident involving students in its wrestling program has been appropriately addressed.

"After being informed about the incident, a thorough investigation was conducted. Administrative action has been taken. The school’s disciplinary policy has been followed. Support has been provided for the children and families involved."

Glen Rock Public Schools officials refused to offer comment, referring questions to the police department. 

[Editor's note: Last updated 12:15 a.m. Wednesday to include a statement from NBC, citing authorities.]

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Stephanie in GR January 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM
We don't have many details yet, so it is hard to say how we should react. We will all be watching this story closely.
GR Resident January 31, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I believe that the superientendent, principal, vice principal, athletic director, and all the wrestling coaches should be fired for letting this happend. The NJ HIB law was passed for a reason, and this is an example of why it is in place.
Mike Kilhaney January 31, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Dear GR Resident ...not sure who you are as "unidentified person" but firing everyone before the facts are known & /or developed are really overkill radical reaction.Do you really think those you want fired were responsible for "letting this happen" ? What and why does the NJ HIB program help with this incident ? An over-reaction to this (before police can develope facts) does NOT help anyone (including the middle school and /or high school students and parents involved OR the rest of the citizens of Glen Rock).If you have some ax to grind...then come foward with some facts to support why such actions should be taken. I'm sure the police will be happy to hear from you.
Rock January 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
According to the article, the investigation is over. Facts are apparently all known at this point and were sufficient to result in the arrest of the 2 attackers.
Kate Morgan January 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
An arrest and an arraignment do not signal the end of an investigation except on TV. The investigation will continue almost to the day of trial, if there is one. That's how it works. There may be little here to investigate since the only evidence may indeed come from the victims, however. Firing staff is hardly the answer and certainly wasn't the problem. Funny, no one mentioned the assailants' parents. Are they not a primary issue? Did they not raise two boys to think this was okay? The schools can not always be the first and only line of defense.
Craig Hueneke January 31, 2012 at 04:17 PM
GR Resident: I'm not making any comments regarding the "incident" because to do so based upon what little facts have been released to the general public would be a picture perfect example of ignorance. However what I will say is in you calling for everybody from the Superintendent to the Janitor be terminated based upon such limited facts surrounding the incident IS ignorant. Do you honestly feel that if ANY of those individuals you listed knew of such things happening they wouldn't be the first to intervene? As for HIB... Although it's objectives are nobel, but unfortunately due to the vague mandates governing the acts of which constitutes a violation of this law the school have been forced to get involved with and investigate events that are reasonable and acceptable behavior of students, such as joking, or horseplay amongst friends have been deemed a violation of HIB. So to cast responsibility at those you listed as if they knew of the "incident" and did nothing (which is the only reason they should be terminated) just exposes you to being deemed, well, ignorant. That is unless you know something we do not about this "incident". And to ride on the back of Mike K's comment, it would no help to not just Glen Rock residents, but every citizen within the state, because acting in a knee-jerk manner does nothing more than pave the way for other organizations to react without the facts even being fully established. BTW the Courts last week found HIB to be Unconstitutional.
Ken F. January 31, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Kate: I can't help but to think that you don't have any children for if you did you would know that despite everything parents do to raise their kids in a responsible way, teaching them the difference between right and wrong, kids will still do things without thinking about whether it's OK, or not, to do so.
Beatrice Flores January 31, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Why is this only coming out now, when it happened over a week ago? GR has a history of sweeping negative news under the rug; Verducci always assures that everything is ok when it's not. All the drinking, the bullying, etc. never comes to light to the public. Another stain on the phony projection of a perfect little town. Baloney.
Beatrice Flores January 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Craig Hueneke, you obviously have never been in a classroom or cafeteria to hear and witness what goes on between kids that is destructive and negative. Horseplay and teasing is considered bullying if the recipient is offended or affected in a negative way. As a teacher I hear and see this everyday; kids need to learn empathy from their folks and family. Calling someone ignorant is ignorant.
RdgwdGRock January 31, 2012 at 06:56 PM
where are the parents??? where do the kids learn this? perhaps from the violent and mornic video games, tv shows, web-sites, etc. that leads to lowered standards and behavior.
Craig Hueneke January 31, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Ms. Flores.. I'm sorry.. the REAL WORLD is NEVER destructive and negative! And I guess I wouldn't know that because I came out of my mother's womb with a college degree in my hand and my children are total saints that never do any wrong! [sic]. I never said that bullying doesn't happen did I? Teasing and horseplay amongst friend is a part of life. Stop "pussifying" these kids to the point that when life's LITTLE problems fall in their lap they fall apart. I'm not saying what may have happened was a "little problem" because it is NOT, nor am I saying that bullying should be allowed, because it shouldn't. Again I am NOT implying what happened in this article was teasing or horseplay either. I was talking about in general! We are NOT helping these kids to learn how to cope with problems. As a teacher are you aware that our nation is the LEADER in prescribing anti-depressents drugs to CHILDREN between 5-17!! THE LEADER!! You don't think that has something to do with the fact that we are not teaching them how to deal with problems that are not in books? As for being Ignorant.. I've been called worse which is why it doesn't bother me to be called that. But I do ask what is it then when "hanging" someone before knowing all the facts? Do you as a teacher send a kid to the office without hearing what actually happened if you didn't see it first hand? Im sorry but until all the facts are out I see NO reason to be calling for people to be fired! Because doing so IS IGNORANCE!
the real story January 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Beatrice, well said. The Glen Rock rug keeps getting higher and higher.
Just another day in paradise January 31, 2012 at 09:27 PM
The first reaction is always to say, "This never happens in our town." The truth is, this happens in our town more than you know. I've had first hand experience with our great high school sweeping things under the rug with not even a slap on the wrist. Not a day's suspension. And the parents? Don't get me started. Watch and learn. If the allegations are true, the kid's should be expelled. But nothing will happen because that's the way it's done here in Stepford. Btw, there were witnesses. No one said a word. I raised my kids better than that.
Laurie Goodman January 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
How is this "sweeping under the rug?" Two people were charged. I'd say that's a little more than a slap on the wrist. Just because you didn't get the salacious details of something involving children, doesn't mean the appropriate authorities weren't notified and the school district's policy wasn't followed. Policies (and laws for that matter) exist for good reasons, one of which is to provide the steps to follow instead of emotional reaction based on hearsay or incomplete information, and to avoid making sweeping generalizations. If witnesses didn't say a word, that says something about those individuals,not the school or the town.
the real story February 01, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Lauire, not sure if you read the comment Beatrice wrote correclty, but to be exact, she said: *GR has a history of sweeping negative news under the rug* History meaning numerous issues, and trying to "sweep it under the rug" is something that happens in Glen Rock. The right thing to do would be to address those issues head on but it's a town that finds it easier to try and make them go away. In this latest case, they couldn't make it go away.
Jeanne February 01, 2012 at 01:02 AM
The big question was where were the adults when all of this was going on? Where was the coach? Where was the assistant coach? The district definitely isn't blameless
Iam Determined February 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
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Laurie Goodman February 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Sorry, I was responding to Just another day in paradise's comment, not Beatrice. But I still don't see how charging two people with a crime and taking all other steps that are mandated by both the law and the school district's policy constitutes something other than "addressing the issue head on." Some of the commenters here want some premature action/vengeance (firing, etc.) before the facts are known and before the judicial process is allowed to do its job, and that is simply not the "right thing to do," no matter how egregious the offense. And for what it's worth, anyone who calls his/herself "the real story" and purports to speak with authority on the incident, had better be a first-hand participant, in which case, you are out of line anonymously commenting during an investigation. And if you are not a first-hand witness or participant, then why pretend otherwise?
Iam Determined February 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Think about it. Maybe the 15y/o boys learned from another?
the real story February 01, 2012 at 02:22 AM
And what did I say that made me speak with authority on the incident? And who are you to say that someone cannot comment on a reported story? Maybe if my alias was "soft bunny", would that have changed anything? You need to calm down as to what people are doing and posting. I made a generalized comment regarding the town and not this case.
Laurie Goodman February 01, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Sorry, my mistake. Your name is "the real story" and you talked about how "in this case, they couldn't make it go away." I misread that as implying some knowledge of, well, the real story. I definitely agree that calming down would be good for many folks on this thread, myself included.
the real story February 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Lauire Goodman, I just hope for all parties involved that what is reported was not true, but after seeing the interview on television of what the Glen Rock police chief said about the situation, it does not look good at this moment. Have a good evening.
Beatrice Flores February 01, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Blah, blah, blah....empty words...and, by the way, "pussifying" is offensive to me.
Beatrice Flores February 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Bravo!!! Look how Verducci is basically saying that "it's all being taken care of..." Yeah, that's how he responds to every illegal, inappropriate and immoral incident that happens in GR. The level of entitlement is enormous. Check out the Glen Rock Inn every weekend, with parents getting wasted. Where else do the children learn it from??????
Ken F. February 01, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Sorry Beatrice but they aren't empty words. Until we know what the facts are there is no reason to be calling for heads to roll.
GRGal February 05, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Would LOVE to see these kids punished....It seems from elementary to MS to HS these so called "bullies" if you can even call them that DO get away with nothing in our "Bully Free School Zones" And I agree these parents go to the GR Inn on weekday/ weekends and look at all the parents there WITHOUT their children same people over and over.....same thing at the GR pool Parents getting drunk during the day while their kids swim, and don't get me started on the drug use in this town by parents I've seen first hand at local parties many parents getting drunk smoking pot and oh yeah....having police officers there to party with them....I love GR with all my heart and always put a smile on my face but you won't see me at the GR Inn or at the Pool or at a party getting wasted.....I may be there but I am appalled Let's see how the next generation of kids do in MS and HS would love to see this play out......
Steve Kenny February 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I am grateful that the readers of GR Patch are willing to engage in these substantive issues. I welcome your thoughts and comments on my article. http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/thiscorner/comments/glen_rockglen_ridge/
Ken F. February 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
In your article, you wrote, "In the sexting case, I did not hear anyone talk about the real issues: Why does a 13 year-old girl even have a boyfriend and what is going on that allows her to believe that sending nude photos of herself is okay?". First of all you don't seem to know that some kids call each other boyfriend and girlfriend at that age and that has been happening forever. Secondly you must talk in closed circles because everyone I ever spoke to about the nude photos was just as outraged as you seem to be. I have said it before and I'll say it again. Parents can do all the right things raising their kids and teaching them right from wrong but kids will be kids and do dumb things sometimes anyway.
Kate Morgan September 07, 2013 at 08:54 AM
What everyone seems to ignore here is that these were underage boys and there is such a thing as privacy laws. There was sweeping under the rug. There was no concealing the facts. There are rules, indeed laws about this!!!! And as for that woman ranting about whether I have children, I do. Two. In the high school. And they both play on teams. I am tired of parents blaming the schools for everything. This ne started at home.

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