Education

New Jersey High School Identifies Mysterious Football Field Pooper

After finding human feces near the football field every day, staff at Holmdel High School in New Jersey set up a sting operation and believe they’ve found the culprit.

It turns out to that the mystery pooper is allegedly none other than district superintendent, Thomas Tramaglini, who has overseen the Kenilworth School District since December 2015.

The police department heard from “staff and coaches that they were finding human feces, on or near the area of the High School track / football field on a daily basis,” according to a Facebook post by the Holmdel Township Police Department. The school resource officer “monitored the area” and were finally able “to identify a subject responsible for the acts,” police said.

Tramaglini, who now faces a citation for lewdness, littering, and defecating in public, was seen taking a dump near the fields around 5:50 a.m. Monday, well before school began. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday to answer the charges, and his potential motives remain unclear.

Some locals have come to Tramaglini’s defense since the story was first reported. One suggested that “Sometimes people have medical conditions that make things unavoidable, and the charge is urination or defecation,” according to the Asbury Park Press, or that “He could have simply been jogging and needed to urinate.”

The superintendent was paid $147,504 a year, according to records public records. There are two public schools in the district, with a total of 1,486 students in pre-K through high school, according to the Kenilworth district website.

Tramaglini is on a leave of absence, according to the school board. “Earlier today, we learned of municipal court charges facing our current superintendent of schools in Holmdel,” the board said. “Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence.”

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