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Newark basketball players allegedly assault school employee: police

Posted: 8:35 PM, Feb 06, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 10:59:45-05
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NEWARK, NJ — High school basketball players allegedly assaulted a school employee after a game on Tuesday night, officials said.

An official from Malcolm X. Shabazz High School gave police a video of the attack, police said.

“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said. “Because high school students are typically juveniles, the names of the suspects will not be released. But those found to have participated in this senseless act of violence will face criminal charges."

Mayor Ras Baraka spoke with the superintendent, principal, coaches and team.

“The actions of these students will not be tolerated and they don’t represent the majority of the school," Mayor Baraka said. "The school and team have many great kids, who go on to college and do great things, and we’re proud of them. We support the superintendent and principal and will do whatever we can to make the rest of the year successful."