Suit from New York high school football weight room fight settled

by Jeff Fisher

Wagner Falcons reports that a lawsuit filed by a Staten Island, New York high school football player who had his jaw broken while breaking-up a locker room fight between his teammates has been settled out of court for $50,000.

Richard Palestri, a JV football player at Susan Wagner High School, alleged his jaw was broken in March 2012 when he tried to break-up a fight between two other players during an off-season weight-training session.  Palestri and his parents were suing the city, the school, the Board of Education and the school’s longtime coach Alan Paturzo.

Palestri’s suit claimed that Paturzo and his staff sent the boys into the workout sessions without any adult supervision.

Paturzo is the winningest high school football coach in New York Public School Athletic League history.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.