Updated: April 30, 2013 4:10PM
FLORENCE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school baseball coach has stepped down following a hazing incident in which a player was bitten by teammates.
The Florence Board of Education 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 reported 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 said that a similar incident earlier in March was uncovered during the investigation.
He would not tell The Associated Press which team was involved in the earlier hazing, but said the discovery led officials to understand that it was a more widespread problem than previously believed and went beyond the baseball team.
He said it was part of a tradition that had gone on for years with older students in organizations using hazing to initiate younger ones.
Saginario would not provide any further details.
On Monday, the school board in the town south of Trenton gave initial approval to a new anti-hazing policy that considers failing to report hazing just as improper as engaging in it.