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HS football player caught bashing opponent's head with helmet

LINDEN, N.J. -- The Linden High School football Tigers took the practice field without one of their senior starters on Tuesday.

As CBS New York reports, Fritz Moncion was suspended following a Friday night lowlight.

Video showed him tangling on the field with David Hoffman from Immaculata.

Moncion ended up with Hoffman's helmet in his hands. He swung and struck Hoffman on the head before tossing the helmet away.

Linden parents were shocked at Moncion's behavior.

"He should know better than to do that," Brian Giza said.

"There's no place for that on the field, not at all," Robert Roman said.

Hoffman is a junior, he needed 10 stitches to close a head wound, Immaculata said.

Many have praised Hoffman for his sportsmanship in not retaliating.

"He did a good job, very good job, lotta restraint," Roman said.

In a statement the Linden Superintendent said the district is taking this very seriously, and "by no means is this incident a reflection on our school community, or athletic teams."

The school refused to comment on discipline, but Moncion posted on Instagram that he was suspended "10 days from school and off the team for now." He added, "it wasn't purposely though."

Immaculata sent the video to Linden police who confirmed they're reviewing the incident for possible charges.