Bergen Catholic High School is once again in hot water over allegations by a former student. In October 2016, a 1974 Bergen Catholic High School graduate came forward with his traumatic past of being sexually abused by his chemistry teacher as a 13-year-old boy. Followed by his allegations were dozens of public claims by others who attended the school during the 1950s through 1970s. The year prior, 21 child sexual abuse victims settled with the provincial school for $1.9 million. Presently, allegations were made against the school’s nationally admired wrestling program.
The charges, made by a former wrestler in a public in a 29-page, 12-count lawsuit filed in State Superior Court in Bergen County, feature years of abuse that included the coaches nonconsensual voyeurism, verbal assault, sharing of pornographic images, and inappropriate communications sent to athletes. According to NorthJersey.comup to 100 other unidentified victims have been impacted by the abuse. Furthermore, the suit claims he was kicked off the team when coming forward with these allegations and the school failed to involve the justice system.