New Jersey high school basketball coach attacked by own players after trying to defend student: report

by Editorial Team

A high school basketball coach was attacked by his own players after trying to stop them from bullying another student, according to a report.

The shocking assault took place Tuesday night outside Malcolm X. Shabazz High School in Newark, authorities said. The attack was captured on video, which spread across social media.

Members of the junior varsity basketball team had just returned from an away game around 9 p.m. when the attack occurred, NJ.com reported. The students are seen in the video attacking the coach, punching and kicking him while he’s on the ground.

The players attacked the coach after he tried to stop them from picking on another student, according to ABC 7 News, which posted the video.

“The actions of these students will not be tolerated,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. “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.”

The students involved in the incident have been suspended, officials said.

“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved,” Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said, according to ABC 7 News.

He noted that because the students may be juveniles, their names are not being released.

”But those found to have participated in this senseless act of violence will face criminal charges,” he said.

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