NEWARK, N.J. – Four junior varsity basketball players were suspended from school after they were accused of attacking their coach, a New Jersey official confirmed to CNN.
The attack took place Tuesday, Feb. 4 when members of the Malcolm X Shabazz High School JV basketball team were returning to Newark from a game in Livingston, the official said.
The official was in contact with the Newark Department of Public Safety, and confirmed to CNN that the department’s director, Anthony Ambrose, described the attack as an “aggravated assault.”
Police responded to the scene around 9 p.m., and the basketball coach declined medical attention.
The students, minors, were not charged as of Monday, Feb. 10, and their names were not immediately released amid a police investigation.
The altercation between the players and coach began on the bus from the Livingston game. The official noted to CNN the Shabazz team has a record of 0-15.
“Those found to have participated in this senseless act of violence will face criminal charges,” Ambrose said in a statement.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka visited Shabazz High School on Thursday to talk with students and officials at the school, the official said.
“The actions of these students will not be tolerated,” Baraka said in a statement. “They don’t represent the majority of the school. The school and team have many great kids, who go on to college and on to do great things.”
CNN has reached out to Malcolm X Shabazz High School and the Newark Board of Education, but has not heard back.