NEWARK, NJ — Newark police are investigating the aggravated assault of a school employee that occurred on Tuesday outside Malcolm X. Shabazz High School, according to Newark authorities, who said that officers observed four members school's basketball team assaulting their coach upon returning from a basketball game in Livingston.
The victim declined medical attention, according to officials.
“I spoke to the superintendent, principal, coaches and team,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “The actions of these students will not be tolerated, and they don’t represent the majority of the school. 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."
According to city officials, police responded to Shabazz, located at 80 Johnson Avenue, on a call of an assault at approximately 9 p.m. A school official provided police a social media post of a school employee being assaulted by members of the school’s basketball team.
“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved,” said Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose. “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."
Livingston rallied from an early eight-point deficit and came on to defeat Shabazz, 58-51. CLICK HERE for game coverage.