NJ high school baseball team faces hazing probe
FLORENCE, N.J. - April 9, 2013 (WPVI) -- Four New Jersey high school baseball players are suspended while authorities investigate whether a player was reportedly bitten during a hazing ritual.
School officials confirm the incident occurred a little over 3 weeks ago.
Action News spoke with several students Tuesday afternoon.
The general consensus is the alleged hazing incident is being blown out of proportion.
Students called it badgering, similar to hazing.
Students say several Florence Memorial High School baseball players held down a freshman baseball player while another player bit the student, breaking the skin.
One student told us that, "the mom reported the incident. The teacher reported the incident, but he doesn't care. Everyone is making a huge epidemic over it but really why should it matter."
After repeated requests for an interview, Florence Township Schools Superintendent, Donna Ambrosius read a short statement.
"As a result of the investigation, our findings were that a small group of players acted in an inappropriate manner. Disciplinary action has been taken for those involved per the school district code of conduct," said Ambrosius.
The players were reportedly suspended but when Action News pressed the superintendent and other school officials for details about what happened and whether the alleged hazing has been commonplace over the years, the officials walked out of the auditorium.
We spoke with a physics teacher outside of school.
We asked him if this is being blown out of proportion or what?
Jay Spivik said, "in my opinion...yeah to a point."
The Burlington County Prosecutors office says at this point, it is not involved in the investigation and has not been contacted by the police nor the district.
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