M-W cancels rest of JV football season due to alleged bullying incidents

Monroe-Woodbury has canceled the rest of its jayvee football season with two games remaining due to alleged bullying incidents.

The school district was made aware of alleged incidents of bullying among members of the junior varsity football team. In written complaints, student athletes notified the district of verbal abuse taking place among players this season. An investigation was launched immediately, and families of these students have been contacted.

As a result of the initial findings, the district has canceled the junior varsity football season and will forfeit the remaining two games as the district looks into the situation. According to sources, the alleged bullying was of verbal nature.

Gene Iozzino, who coaches Monroe-Woodbury’s jayvee team, could not be reached for comment. Monroe-Woodbury athletic director Ron Montalto declined comment.

“This type of behavior is clearly unacceptable, and we will never tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind in this district,” Monroe-Woodbury interim superintendent Elsie Rodriguez said in a statement. “We will take whatever action necessary to keep the students safe and secure while in the district’s care.”

Moving forward, the district said it will implement additional anti-bullying training to ensure the safety of all students.

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