Family of teen who took his own life to sue Tuckahoe School District

The family of a Tuckahoe High School senior who allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend before jumping in front of a train, plans to sue the Tuckahoe School District for $1 million.

The attorney representing Brian Morris' family says the district should be held responsible for the actions that led the teenager to his violent end.

Lawyer Jonathan Lovett says gym teacher Bart Dapolito attacked Morris during an altercation in the school cafeteria in the weeks before his death. Morris was suspended from school after the incident. Lovett claims it was the teacher that should have been suspended. He also claims Morris was the victim of vicious rumors regarding his former girlfriend Bridgette Maldonado. Lovett says these factors led Morris to take his own life, by jumping in front of a moving train May 8.

The lawyer for the Maldonado family says the Morris suit is "preposterous." David Worby says Morris' family is in denial about the problems he had.

A couple of weeks ago, Worby filed a claim against the Tuckahoe School District as well, saying Morris stalked Maldonado and threatened her for months. That suit claims the district did not do enough to protect her.

News 12 Westchester contacted the Tuckahoe School District, but they were unable to comment because of the pending lawsuits.

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