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Tuckahoe Student Sues District Over Attack

Apr 4, 2004 @ 08:45 PM — by David Worby

The former girlfriend of a Tuckahoe baseball star who tried to strangle her before throwing himself in front of a train last May has sued the Tuckahoe school district, her lawyer said. The former girlfriend, Bridgette Maldonado, now 18 and a high school senior, filed the suit Tuesday in Westchester County Superior Court, contending that the school system did nothing about the violent, criminal behavior of her former boyfriend, Brian Morris, 17. Her lawyer, David Worby, said the principal of Tuckahoe High School at the time, Paul Siragusa, had assured Ms. Maldonado that she and her brother were safe, even after Mr. Morris allegedly threatened to kill them. With the history this kid had, to guarantee their safety just defies imagination, Mr. Worby said. As a matter of law, when the principal heard of the death threat, the police should ve been involved. Patrick Fitzgerald, a lawyer for the district, said that the attack against Ms. Maldonado took place away from school groun

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Tuckahoe Schools Face $50M Suit

Mar 31, 2004 @ 11:20 AM — by David Worby

Girl alleges district ignored boy s strife before his suicide WHITE PLAINS The former girlfriend of a Tuckahoe High School baseball star who says he attacked her before throwing himself to his death in front of a train has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Tuckahoe school district, claiming school officials ignored the 17-year-old athlete s history of violence and threats. White Plains lawyer David Worby filed the suit Monday in state Supreme Court in White Plains on behalf of Bridgette Maldonado , now an 18-year-old Tuckahoe High School senior, and her mother, Yvette Maldonado. Bridgette Maldonado says that on the night of May 8, she was attacked in her apartment by Brian Morris and choked until she was unconscious. Morris then went to the nearby Tuckahoe railroad station, where witnesses said he jumped in front of a speeding train. Every single person in that school system was aware of Brian Morris five-year history of threats, violence and intimidation toward stud

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