What would you do if you were a Toyota executive and you’re one of 11 automakers recalling 14 million vehicles due to rupturing air bags that could kill the driver or passenger, but do not have enough to replace them? Would you disable the air bags and leave a note not to ride in the front passenger seat?

Hien Tran lay dying in intensive care this month after a car accident, as detectives searched for clues about the apparent stab wounds in her neck.

An unlikely breakthrough arrived in the mail a week after she died from her injuries. It was a letter from Honda urging her to get her red Accord fixed, because of faulty air bags that could explode.

“The air bag,” said Tina Tran, the victim’s twin sister. “They said it was the air bag.”

Ms. Tran became at least the third death associated with the mushrooming recalls of vehicles containing defective air bags made by Takata, a Japanese auto supplier. More than 14 million vehicles from 11 automakers that contain the air bags have been recalled worldwide.

When Ms. Tran crashed her car, the air bag, instead of protecting her, appeared to have exploded and sent shrapnel flying into her neck, the Orange County sheriff’s office said. On Monday, in an unusual warning, federal safety regulators urged the owners of more than five million vehicles to “act immediately” to get the air bags fixed.

“We want to make sure that everyone out there — and we’ve got millions of vehicles involved — is getting engaged and is getting their vehicles fixed to protect themselves and their families,” said David J. Friedman, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But the urgent request was bound to create confusion among owners. Honda said it did not have enough parts to fix the cars immediately. Toyota said it would in some cases disable the air bags, leaving a note not to ride in the front passenger seat. Even Mr. Friedman acknowledged that the agency’s list of vehicles covered by the warning was not complete.

The auto industry is facing a safety crisis, spurred by revelations that General Motors failed for years to disclose a defective ignition switch that it has linked to at least 29 deaths. Automakers, as well as federal regulators, have responded with increasing urgency, recalling more than 50 million vehicles in the United States this year, shattering the record of about 30 million in 2004.

Air bags, particularly those made by Takata, have been one of the biggest and longest-simmering problems.

A New York Times investigation in September revealed that Honda and Takata had failed for years to take decisive action before issuing the recalls. Complaints received by regulators about various automakers blamed Takata air bags for at least 139 injuries, including 37 people who reported air bags that exploded, the investigation showed.

Takata did not immediately respond when asked how long it would take to provide replacement air bags. The company “will continue to fully support the N.H.T.S.A. investigation and our customers’ recalls,” a Takata spokesman, Alby Berman wrote, in an email.

Honda itself has said that two people, not including Ms. Tran, were killed by rupturing air bags, and more than 30 people injured. Honda said in a statement that it was “too early” to draw any conclusions on Ms. Tran’s fatal injuries.

But for many owners hearing Monday’s warning, fixing their vehicles will not be easy.

Echoing a problem in the General Motors ignition switch recalls, replacement parts for millions of the vehicles are not available, and will not be for weeks to come. “There’s simply not enough parts to repair every recalled single car immediately,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Honda.

Honda is sending out recall notifications only as parts become available, with priority in areas of high humidity, where the air bags’ propellant was apparently more susceptible to exploding. Drivers could wait for weeks or longer to receive notices, Mr. Martin said. With 2.8 million cars affected by the warning on Monday, Honda had “a taller hill to climb,” he said, adding that Honda engineers “have no firm idea” when the fixes can be completed. He said loaner cars would be considered case by case, and he stressed that such cars were not part of the offer.

Toyota, which had 844,000 vehicles affected by the warning, announced it was particularly urging the owners of about 247,000 of the cars in high-humidity areas along the Gulf Coast to make a special effort to get them fixed.

“We’re trying to focus what we have on the areas warranted by Takata’s test result,” a spokeswoman, Cindy Knight, wrote in an email.

At the heart of the defect is a faulty propellant that is intended to burn quickly and produce gas to inflate the air bag but instead is too strong and can rupture its container, shooting metal parts into the cabin. Takata recently conducted tests on air bags that had been returned, leading to Monday’s warning.

Mr. Friedman stressed that the warning was targeted especially to owners of vehicles in areas with high humidity, like Florida.

Nissan, Mazda and BMW were also listed in the warning. But the exact number of vehicles covered was unclear since some automakers that have been included in recent Takata-related recalls, including Chrysler, Ford, Mitsubishi and Subaru, were not listed.

“There are other manufacturers, and we are getting the alert updated,” Mr. Friedman said.

For any recall, the rate at which cars are actually fixed can be low.

Ms. Tran’s red Accord was included in an earlier recall, in 2009, Honda disclosed Monday. But underscoring the difficulty of recalls, the car’s previous owners had not received the repair, and Ms. Tran bought the car second-hand last year with no knowledge of the air bag’s status. There is no law stipulating that a used car have any recall repairs made before it is sold again.

Safety experts say that more rupture cases could be going unnoticed, or underreported, leaving affected cars on the road.

For example, a California lawyer says that a fourth driver, Hai Ming Xu, 47, was killed in September 2013 by an air bag that ruptured in his 2002 Acura. The authorities have not determined a reason for the injuries, though his coroner’s report cited tears in his air bag and facial trauma from a foreign object.

And problems persist with Honda’s reporting of potential defects.

In at least four more recent suspected ruptures, including the one linked to Mr. Xu’s death, Honda has not filed a so-called early warning report with safety regulators, as is required in cases where there is a claim of defect that resulted in an injury or death, according to case lawyers and legal filings.

In September 2011, Eddie Rodriguez crashed his Honda Civic in Puerto Rico, deploying air bags that launched “sharp pieces of metal” toward him, causing extensive injuries, according to a lawsuit he filed against Honda the following year. Honda reached a confidential settlement with Mr. Rodriguez last year, but does not appear to have filed a report on the case with regulators.

Honda said that it had started a third-party audit of “potential inaccuracies in its reporting.”

At Tina Tran’s nail salon, any changes made now are of little consolation. Ms. Tran said she and her twin sister had spent three decades apart; when Ms. Tran fled from Vietnam to the United States in 1983, her now-deceased twin sister had stayed behind to look after their parents, Ms. Tran said.

Only in 2012, after their parents died, did Hien Tran emigrate to America to join her twin sister.

On the evening of Sept. 29, Hien Tran left the salon on her final journey home.

Just blocks from her home in eastern Orlando, Ms. Tran turned in front of oncoming traffic and hit a Dodge sedan almost head-on, according to the police traffic accident report. The link between Ms. Tran’s death and her air bag was first reported by The Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17.

Hours later, a worried Tina Tran and her son searched the neighborhood, even passing by the crash site. Then came the call from the detectives, who initially investigated the accident as a homicide, the next morning.

Medical examiners have said Ms. Tran never regained consciousness. But her sister remembers differently. At the hospital bedside, Tina Tran said, she repeatedly whispered to her injured sister that she was sorry — sorry that the twins had been apart for so long, sorry that she had not been able to protect her.

“Her eye opened and she looked at me,” Ms. Tran said. “And she looked very sad and she cried.”

If you were a hotel manager, would you allow police to review your registry searching for criminals without a judicial warrant? If yes, what other companies should allow warrantless searchers of their customer database?

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether the police in Los Angeles may inspect hotel and motel guest registries without permission from a judge.

Dozens of cities, including Atlanta, Denver and Seattle, allow such searches, which law enforcement officials say help them catch fugitives and fight prostitution and drug dealing.

A group of motel owners challenged the law. They said they were not troubled by its requirement that they keep records about their guests. But they objected to a second part of the ordinance, requiring that the records “be made available to any officer of the Los Angeles Police Department for inspection.”

The city said this means the police may look at the records at any time without the owners’ consent or a search warrant.

In December, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, struck down the Los Angeles ordinance, saying it ran afoul of the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. The vote was 7 to 4.

Judge Paul J. Watford, writing for the majority, said hotel guests had given up their right to privacy when they provided information to the hotels. But the hotel owners, he went on, were protected by the Fourth Amendment.

“Businesses do not ordinarily disclose, and are not expected to disclose, the kind of commercially sensitive information contained in the records,” he wrote, noting that they can include “customer lists, pricing practices and occupancy rates.”

Judge Watford said that meant there must be some judicial involvement in the process. “The Supreme Court has made clear that, to be reasonable, an administrative record-inspection scheme need not require issuance of a search warrant,” he wrote, “but it must at a minimum afford an opportunity for pre-compliance judicial review.”

The Los Angeles law, he said, makes hotel owners guilty of a misdemeanor as soon as they refuse to comply with a police request to see their records.

In urging the justices to hear their appeal in the case, Los Angeles v. Patel, No. 13-1175, the city’s lawyers said the law was an important tool to regulate sketchy motels that can serve as magnets for crime. They added that immediate access to guest registries could be vital in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

In response, the motel owners told the justices that some level of judicial involvement was required by the Constitution and would not lead to excessive delays or the loss of evidence in the meantime, as the owners were not challenging the record-keeping part of the ordinance.

“There is no evidence that the books are being cooked,” the owners said, adding that the city “cannot explain why it even needs the ability to search without a warrant.”

The city called this empty rhetoric from motel owners who “are either hopelessly naïve or darkly misleading this court.” The owners’ brief, the city said, “falsely and cynically assumes the operators of these parking meter motels are honest people who follow the rules so the immutable records always will be available for inspection.”

“There is no doubt,” the city’s brief said, “the city’s loss of surprise guest-register inspections has had an immediate and dangerous impact on the decent people who live and work around these motels and these communities as a whole.”

If you were a local phone carrier executive, would you reimburse a small business whose phone system was hacked and had a $166,000 phone bill over a single weekend when nobody was working? Who should be responsible for the these charges to numbers in Gambia, Somalia, and the Maldives?

Bob Foreman’s architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March. But neither Mr. Foreman nor anyone else at his seven-person company was in the office at the time.

“I thought: ‘This is crazy. It must be a mistake,’ ” Mr. Foreman said.

It wasn’t. Hackers had broken into the phone network of the company, Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture, and routed $166,000 worth of calls from the firm to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. It would have taken 34 years for the firm to run up those charges legitimately, based on its typical phone bill, according to a complaint it filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

The firm, in Norcross, Ga., was the victim of an age-old fraud that has found new life now that most corporate phone lines run over the Internet.

The swindle, which on the web is easier to pull off and more profitable, affects mostly small businesses and cost victims $4.73 billion globally last year. That is up nearly $1 billion from 2011, according to the Communications Fraud Control Association, an industry group financed by carriers and law-enforcement agencies to tackle communications fraud.

Major carriers have sophisticated fraud systems in place to catch hackers before they run up false six-figure charges, and they can afford to credit customers for millions of fraudulent charges every year. But small businesses often use local carriers, which lack such antifraud systems. And some of those carriers are leaving customers to foot the bill.

The law is not much help, because no regulations require carriers to reimburse customers for fraud the way credit card companies must. Lawmakers have taken the issue up from time to time, but little progress has been made.

Last year, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, pushed the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new regulations after dozens of small businesses around Albany were hit with the swindle. But the agency has not taken any action, and the cause appears to have petered out. Representatives for the agency and the senator’s office did not return requests for comment.

The scheme works this way, telecommunications fraud experts say: Hackers sign up to lease premium-rate phone numbers, often used for sexual-chat or psychic lines, from one of dozens of web-based services that charge dialers over $1 a minute and give the lessee a cut. In the United States, premium-rate numbers are easily identified by 1-900 prefixes, and callers are informed they will be charged higher rates. But elsewhere, like in Latvia and Estonia, they can be trickier to spot. The payout to the lessees can be as high as 24 cents for every minute spent on the phone.

Hackers then break into a business’s phone system and make calls through it to their premium number, typically over a weekend, when nobody is there to notice. With high-speed computers, they can make hundreds of calls simultaneously, forwarding as many as 220 minutes’ worth of phone calls a minute to the pay line. The hacker gets a cut of the charges, typically delivered through a Western Union, MoneyGram or wire transfer.

In part because the plan is so profitable, premium rate number resellers are multiplying rapidly. There were 17 in 2009; last year there were 85, according to Yates Fraud Consulting, which is based in Britain.

In 2012, hackers hijacked the phone lines at 26 small businesses around Albany and ran up phone bills as high as $200,000 per business over the course of a few days. Those businesses that contracted with major carriers received credit that covered much of the fraud, though some ended up paying a few thousand dollars. Those who had signed up with a local carrier, Tech Valley Communications, were not so lucky. Tech Valley sued three of its clients to pay huge bills, according to court filings.

Best Cleaners, a dry cleaning chain that operates in three states, was one victim. At that business, hackers placed more than 75,000 minutes of premium calls, totaling $147,000. At American Energy Care, a small consulting firm in Albany, the bill reached $200,353. A billboard advertising business in Cohoes, N.Y., was charged $18,000.

All settled their cases with Tech Valley. None would discuss the case because of the terms of the settlement, but Best Cleaners said the cost was enough to force it to cancel a planned expansion.

Industry groups are trying to tackle the problem but say it is hard to keep up with. Roberta Aronoff, the executive director of the Communications Fraud Control Association, said she routinely loads fake “hot numbers” into a fraud management system, sharing them with carriers so they can be blocked.

Catching the criminals is difficult because the crime can cross as many as three jurisdictions. In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in the Philippines arrested four men who used the scheme to make $2 million in fraudulent calls; revenue was directed to a Saudi Arabian militant group that United States officials believe financed the 2008 Mumbai terrorist bombings.

Foreman Seeley Fountain, the architecture firm, is disputing its $166,000 bill with its carrier, TW Telecom. The bill now includes $17,000 in late charges and termination fees.

In addition to asking the F.C.C., the firm has asked the local police, officials at the Georgia Public Service Commission, the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice for help. The F.C.C. and Justice Department declined to comment for this article, and the Georgia agency did not return requests for comment. The local police said there had been no progress in finding the hackers.

Joshua Campbell, a spokesman for the F.B.I., said the bureau was working with the industry to solve the problems but declined to discuss the specific case.

Bob Meldrum, vice president for corporate communications at TW Telecom, said Foreman Seeley Fountain should have better protected its equipment from hackers. “We had to pay for those calls,” he said. “Someone had to pay for those calls.”

Mr. Foreman said his firm didn’t even realize this was a potential risk. Not many do.

“It’s relentless,” said Jim Dalton, founder of TransNexus, which sells Internet calling management software. “If you put a computer on the Internet, it immediately starts getting probed for a weak point.”

To avoid the same fate, Mr. Dalton and other telecom experts advise people to turn off call forwarding and set up strong passwords for their voice mail systems and for placing international calls. He also said businesses needed to treat their phones as Internet-connected machines, since criminals already were doing that.

“People don’t realize their phone is a six-figure liability waiting to happen,” Mr. Dalton added.

If you were a high school principal and cancelled the football season because of a hazing event where senior players physically, and maybe sexually, abused freshmen in the locker room, what steps would you take to protect the freshmen against retaliation by other seniors for the premature ending the long-awaited football season and the arrest of seven varsity players?

The freshmen were easy prey in the locker room. They slinked away when the older varsity boys barreled in, blasting their music, shooting each other with Nerf guns and stripping down with the kind of confidence that freshmen could only fake. Intimidated by the older boys, most played invisible. But on the day of the second game of the season, Sept. 19, the freshmen became targets in a pastime very different from football.

“Hootie hoo,” the older players yelled before their home game that night, flicking the lights on and off and on again. Then they tripped a freshman in a T-shirt and football pants, letting loud music muffle any noise the boy made as he fell. Two pinned the younger boy’s arms, while others punched and kicked him — not viciously, but hard enough to matter, two witnesses said. He curled into the fetal position and was groped by his attackers.

What happened during that episode and in three other locker room attacks in subsequent days at Sayreville War Memorial High School prompted the arrest of seven varsity players on hazing and sexual abuse allegations, the cancellation of the football season and another round of introspection about the sport and its recent spate of scandals.

Prosecutors accused three of the players of more serious crimes, including an act of sexual penetration on one victim. But the investigation may be complicated by conflicting accounts of what occurred, according to interviews by The New York Times with two victims and multiple witnesses to three attacks. The task of prosecutors has also been made knottier by the atmosphere of recrimination that has seized the school since the season’s cancellation, with text messages flying back and forth and students dropping names with devastating casualness on social media. The search is on for the snitches — the kids who killed football in Sayreville.

Taken together, the interviews by The Times represent the most detailed public accounting of the hazing so far. All told, four players from the freshman team were set upon between Sept. 19 and 29, often pushed to the locker room floor by a handful of varsity players, when coaches were not around. The older players punched and sometimes kicked the younger ones, pinned them and, at the very least, grabbed their buttocks, the freshmen said. Yet the two victims who spoke to The Times, including one who said he was penetrated from behind with a finger, said they were wearing pants and did not consider what happened to be that serious. A witness to a third attack said the victim was also wearing football pants. The Times did not talk to anyone who saw the fourth attack.

The freshmen may now be minimizing any abuse because of the scorn that has been directed their way. Prosecutors here face a challenge: building a case not on physical evidence, but on the testimony of teenagers who live in a world of often cruel peers, a place where threats of drop-kicking and jumping someone are as common as texting “LOL.”

If freshmen “thought we hated them before we sure as hell hate them now,” a 16-year-old female student wrote on Twitter, hours after the season was canceled. Another girl posted a picture of two trash bins, saying it was a real picture of the freshman football team.

The backlash “made me want to shoot myself,” one freshman player told The Times.

The Times is not naming the alleged perpetrators, victims or witnesses, because they are minors and because of the nature of the charges.

There are still unanswered questions. It is not clear how long this type of hazing has happened at Sayreville, or whether it took a more aggressive turn this year. Richard Labbe, a former football player and Sayreville assistant coach who took over as superintendent this summer, told reporters that the attacks were “pervasive” and “generally accepted.” But several former players who talked to The Times said they had never been hazed or seen it happen.

The circumstances would be daunting for any school district, but Sayreville has had to endure more than its share of controversy recently.

The football team’s defensive coordinator, Charlie Garcia, was arrested last month in a motel parking lot with two boxes of steroids and 14 hypodermic needles in his pickup, the authorities said. And, last spring, a female high school teacher, Jaclyn Melillo, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two male students.

There was also another sports-related scandal with sexual overtones. In 2009, parents and students complained that the school’s wrestling coach had asked boys to strip naked for a ringworm search, boasted about having sex with other teachers at the school and exchanged inappropriate text messages with students, among other troubling allegations. The school board opted to withdraw an offer for him to return as coach.

The coach, never convicted of any crime, later sued for defamation, eventually settling with the school board. He now coaches wrestling at another school. In court papers, he denied the allegations and said that prosecutors had cleared him. Neither he nor lawyers involved in the case responded to messages requesting comment.

School district officials also declined to comment, although they took the unusual step last week of bringing in a crisis-management team to help advise them. The Sayreville police referred all questions to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which is now considering whether to charge the juveniles as adults. The prosecutor’s office also declined to answer questions, even about whether the groping and penetration happened outside of clothing, and not on bare skin.

Pamela Brause, a lawyer for one of the seven alleged perpetrators in the hazing, said she spoke briefly with her client, who she said was trying to process not only the seriousness of the charges but also the intense media coverage.

“These are children, and usually when they get in trouble, it’s about taking their iPhones away or serving a detention,” Ms. Brause said. “This is a difficult situation for my client and everyone involved. We don’t know what’s real or exaggerated, but there are all kinds of assumptions and judgments out there. We’ve got to let the system work.”

A Sport That United

With about 44,000 people, the town of Sayreville looks like many New Jersey towns: generic strip malls, small rowhouses with neat yards, Cape Cods and colonial houses, and sprawling sports fields that smell of cut grass. But Sayreville has had two things that distinguish it: the singer Jon Bon Jovi, who attended high school here, and football.

Every fall, football united the different corners of Sayreville, the immigrants who cycled through the Winding Wood apartment complex with its jumbled layout and inexplicable numbering system and the families who have lived here for generations. Sayreville had Pop Warner for younger boys, teams like the Leprechauns, but most of all Sayreville had the Bombers and their longtime coach, George Najjar, so revered that his name was invoked with children like Santa Claus. (“Coach Najjar does not like that,” young boys were warned in Pop Warner.)

With almost 20 years at the team’s helm and three sectional championships in the past four years, Mr. Najjar, 62, was the kind of old-school coach who didn’t swear, who favored a dated Wing T offense and told players that he never wanted anyone to embarrass the team, because character meant more than winning. He was not a yelling coach. He had a prominent mustache and used phrases like “put a whupping on teams” and “take your lumps.” He always dressed in Bomber blue and wore a baseball cap over his bald head.

But he also left his teams alone after practice, and he seemed disengaged from anything that did not have to do with football. Mr. Najjar and his assistants rarely came through the locker room, players said. And when Mr. Garcia, the defensive coordinator, was arrested last month, he was back on the sidelines coaching at the game the next day. He later resigned.

This season was always going to be a rebuilding year for the Bombers, who lacked experience and had a sophomore quarterback. But the first game, on Sept. 12, was a decisive win. So was the second, a week later, at home.

That was the day of the initial assault, the prosecutor’s office said.

One witness said he saw an older teenager grope the freshman’s genitals and another older teenager poke fingers up his buttocks, from outside his pants. Another witness said he could not see what happened. The victim jumped up after being held down and started laughing. “You guys never saw anything,” he yelled at his friends.

In a later interview, the victim played down the attack, saying that no one poked him anywhere. He said he was embarrassed by the attack but got over it quickly. “It was just horsing around,” he said.

The order of the attacks that week is not clear. The victim in one of them, who could not be reached for comment, did not smile or laugh. A witness said the older teenagers tackled the freshman, in his football pants, punched him and held him down. The witness could not see what happened, but when the victim got up, he was upset. “Why did they have to do that?” he asked. Later, as the rumors swirled around the school about the hazing and the investigation, he would tell his friends different stories. He would say he fought back, that the varsity players did not take him.

The Times did not talk to the other freshman who was assaulted that week, or any witnesses. Two names of victims have circulated among team members. Parents of one of those players said their son denied being attacked. The Times was unable to reach the other freshman. But on social media, someone seemed to question him about an attack by an older player. Later, after the football season was cut short, that freshman said he was upset about the cancellation.

‘I Don’t Think It Was a Joke’

Some players said they thought that the attacks were just part of being on the team, a way for the varsity players to show that the chosen freshmen belonged to the Bombers family. They said the popular freshmen were targeted, not the weak ones. Yet others were scared of the older boys.

“They think they’re joking around, but I don’t think it was a joke,” a witness to the first attack said. “I said, ‘This is nasty.’ ”

One freshman said his classmates showed their discomfort with the attacks in their body language. “They would look around like, ‘What are they doing?’ ” he said. “It’s weird.”

The weekend came. On that Saturday, Sept. 27, the Manalapan team steamrolled Sayreville, outscoring the Bombers 21-0 in the fourth quarter alone and winning 64-28. It was the most points any opponent had ever scored against Mr. Najjar’s Bombers.

After practice that Monday, Sept. 29, the older students took their fourth victim, who shrugged off the assault. He sheepishly said last week that older players may have grabbed him and prodded his anus with their fingers, but said they did not push him to the floor. He insisted that this was only part of team bonding. “You get your butt grabbed a lot, it wasn’t, like, any big deal,” he said. Later, he explained, “They, like, poke you.”

Soon after, someone told the authorities, and the investigation began. The boys were interviewed, one by one. The initial victim told The Times that he told the police that no one penetrated him from behind.

“The police looked at me and said, ‘You’re lying. We know the story, and you’re lying,’ ” the teenager recounted.

By now, the behavior of the football team has been dissected by the nation, with some quickly suggesting that Sayreville reminds them of the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal, but others cautioning that the rush to punish the young football players reminded them of the hasty judgment of Duke lacrosse players, falsely accused of rape.

For at least one player, one of the team’s stars, the damage may already be done. Two college football recruiting websites reported last week he had lost his scholarship offer to Penn State. The coaches’ futures are also in jeopardy: the school board will discuss their status at a meeting on Tuesday.

Among the students charged, three were held at least initially in juvenile detention; the four others accused of less serious crimes, were released.

When Mr. Labbe told the players in an Oct. 8 meeting with the team in the school auditorium that the season was over, some players wept. One student said that the hazing had been going on for years. Why was the superintendent just doing something about it now? A freshman recounted that Mr. Labbe said: “We just found out about it now.”

Mr. Najjar, the head coach, has not spoken publicly about what he knew. His last public speech came on Sept. 27, after the team’s third game and first loss of the season, the game that turned out to be the team’s last. “It’s a long season,” Mr. Najjar told his team. “We’re going to learn from this, and we’re going to get better,” he said, telling the players they should hold their heads high and walk out of the stadium like the champions they were.