Nicholas Paolucci

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L.I. H.S. Football Players Sue Over Lack Of Counseling After Teammate Was Crushed To Death By Log

June 13, 2018 - 1:31 pm

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Football players from Sachem High School East on Long Island plan to file a lawsuit, after a teammate died when a log fell on him.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Nick Paolucci said every day has been a struggle since he lost his football teammate, Joshua Mileto, after a log fell on him during practice in August of last year.

“My anger’s a lot worse. It’s out of control now,” Paolucci said. “Like, I get, I get really bad anger out-spurts. I barely sleep; probably get about two, three hours of sleep a night the most; just wake up with, like, panic attacks every night.”

Attorney Ken Mollins said they plan on suing the district, because instead of giving them continued counseling and helping their players after Mileto’s death, they gave them just two sessions – while the parents had to pay for the rest.

Matt Kmiotek
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“I feel a lot of mixed emotions – anger; depression,” said football team captain Matt Kmiotek. “It’s hard for me to cope with it.”

The players and their parents are looking to be compensated for the counseling expenses and for the school district to pay for counseling in the future.

Sachem Central School District Supt. Dr. Kenneth Graham released a statement in response to the lawsuit.

“The health, safety, and mental well-being of all our students and staff continues to be our top priority. In the aftermath of the horrific events that took place during the August 10, 2017 tragedy, the district enacted steps to provide in-district and out-of-district support services to our student body and staff. Counseling services are available on an on-going basis for anyone in need,” the statement said.

Graham’s statement continued, “The district has not yet been served with the complaint and, following with consistent protocol, the district will refrain from commenting on pending litigation.”

The lawsuit seeks $15 million.