A group of junior varsity basketball players from New Jersey could face criminal charges after they reportedly assaulted their coach.
What are the details?
Video of the incident was shared on social media Tuesday night, and appears to show at least four members of the Malcolm X. Shabazz High School in Newark brutally attacking an adult who was later identified to be their coach.
The video shows a group of teens attacking another person, pummeling him with their fists, knocking him down, and kicking him while he was on the ground. School officials immediately suspended the teens following news of the alleged attack. The coach reportedly declined medical treatment following the apparent assault.
On Thursday, authorities revealed that they are investigating the incident and said that the students could face criminal charges of aggravated assault.
WABC-TV also released the disturbing video to their social media followers Thursday, captioning it, "Disturbing video out of Newark, NJ where a high school basketball coach was attacked by his own players. Police are working to identify the suspects. (Sharing recut video due to offensive language.) "
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Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose told NJ Advance Media that a call came in Tuesday night after the team's away game in Livingston, New Jersey, notifying them that an attack had taken place. Authorities viewed the video while on the scene.
“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved," Ambrose said. “Because high school students are typically juveniles, the names of the suspects will not be released."
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka issued a statement on the disturbing matter revealing that the students' alleged actions "will not be tolerated."
“We support the superintendent and principal and will do what we can to make the rest of the year successful," Baraka said. “The actions of these students will not be tolerated. It does not represent the majority of the school. The school and team have great kids. Many of them go on to college and on to do great things."