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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016

N.J. coach steps down after hazing-by-biting exposed

FLORENCE, N.J. — A New Jersey high school baseball coach is stepping down following a hazing incident in which a player was bitten by teammates.

The Florence school board approved Joseph Frappolli Jr.’s leave from the coaching job at its meeting Monday. He will remain a teacher at a district elementary school.

The Times of Trenton reports that four players were suspended after a March hazing ritual in which a student was held down and bitten by others.

School district lawyer Carmen Saginario says that a similar incident earlier in March was uncovered during the investigation. He says it was part of a “hazing tradition” not limited to the baseball team.

School officials did not provide further details.

A new anti-hazing policy has now been implemented in the school district south of Trenton.

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