A “mystery pooper” who “routinely” left behind feces at New Jersey high school numerous times appears to have been … the superintendent of the district.
Kenilworth Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini was arrested early this morning while running on the Holmdel High School track. Holmdel track coaches had alerted the school resource officer that they were finding human excrement around the track “on a daily basis.” School officials then began to monitor the area.
According to NJ.com, Tramaglini — who makes almost $150,000 per year — was charged with lewdness, public urination/defecation, and littering. Kenilworth Board of Education Attorney Vito Gagliardi said the super subsequently requested to be placed on paid leave, and it was granted. State law says unpaid leave only can be enacted “if a person is indicted or faces tenure charges.”
The report notes public records reveal Tramaglini is also a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
[…] police won’t tell us if video cameras caught the transgression, or if a […] stakeout was employed — but either way, Tramaglini was caught in the act on Monday morning, at approximately 5:50 a.m. If video does exist, however, it would presumably be subject to open public records, given that it was used in pursuit of identifying and capturing a criminal act.
Lewdness is a disorderly conduct offense in New Jersey that can result in a sentence of up to six months in jail, but more likely would result in a fine. …
Apparently having to poop while running is a thing. A serious enough thing that scores of articles have been written on the matter. […] However, one might reasonably assume that — if Tramaglini is indeed the serial pooper (and, to be clear, we don’t know that he is) — and that he repeatedly suffered the mid-run runs, then he might have altered his schedule and his diet. …
Here’s what is really crazy: Serial pooping has actually become a thing. Some experts believe it’s an act of aggression — much like vandalism, according to a report by Men’s Health, citing a clinical psychologist.
But instead of graffiti, or slashing tires, serial poopers, well, they poop, leaving their brand, the report said.
NJ.com speculated on whether Tramaglini had a beef with Holmdel High, but thus far there’s no evidence to back this up.