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The pooperintendent: someone was repeatedly defecating on a New Jersey high school’s sports field. It was a school superintendent

Police say Thomas Tramaglini, 42, was the faecal phantom who had soiled the school grounds on multiple occasions. They say he was caught with his trousers down – literally – on Monday

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 May, 2018, 6:48am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 May, 2018, 9:12am

A New Jersey high school discovered that a superintendent had become a pooperintendent on Thursday, after police announced that the official was responsible for human faeces that had been found, day after day, on or near its track and American football field.

The sight of human faeces – left before the school day began at Holmdel High School in New Jersey – had become a disturbingly common occurrence, so the school’s administrators turned to law enforcement to launch a whodunnit investigation.

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But the mystery appeared to be solved on Monday when Thomas Tramaglini, 42, was arrested at 5:50am after being seen defecating on the American football field.

Tramaglini has led the Kenilworth School District since August 2015. The Kenilworth and Holmdel school districts are located close to one another.

“The Holmdel School Resource Officer was alerted by Holmdel High School staff and coaches that they were finding human faeces, on or near the area of the High School track / football field on a daily basis,” Holmdel police said in a statement. 

The resource officer and school staff “monitored the area” and were able “to identify a subject responsible for the acts”, the statement continued.

Tramaglini was charged with public urination or defecation, discarding and dumping of litter, and lewdness, according to a Holmdel police spokesman.

“Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence,” the Kenilworth Board of Education said in a statement posted on Facebook. 

Leaves can only be without pay “in the face of indictments or tenure charges, as a matter of state law”, the statement said. 

The reason for the alleged fouling is unclear, but NJ.com has noted that the superintendent is a keen runner, having completed the 2010 New York City marathon with a time of 03:48:25.

That, the site says, may mean that he may have suffered from “runner’s diarrhoea”, which the Mayo Clinic describes as “frequent, loose bowel movements during or immediately after a run,” and “most common in long-distance runners”.

He is expected to appear in Holmdel Municipal Court on Monday.