Survivor of schoolyard slayings files suit against suspects, board of education

Survivor of schoolyard slayings files suit against suspects, board of education
In addition to filing suit against the suspects in last summer’s tragic triple murder at Mount Vernon school, survivor Natasha Aeriel has filed suit against the school district, as well. One wonders if there’s been a legal precedent for schools to monitor their grounds after school hours — and, if that suit is successful — if the city at large is liable, as well.

The lawsuit levels civil claims against the alleged killers and accuses the district of failing to secure the schoolyard with fences, lights, guards or security cameras.

“It in essence became a death trap,” said Ronald Riccio, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Natasha Aeriel and and relatives of the three other victims.

Perry Lattiboudere, the district’s lawyer, said Newark schools didn’t have an obligation to protect people after dark.

“We sympathize with the victims in this case and the whole tragic situation, but we’re comfortable with the precautions we take to protect students during school hours,” he said. “We are going to vigorously defend ourselves against any claim that tries to impose (that) duty after school hours.”

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

4 thoughts on “Survivor of schoolyard slayings files suit against suspects, board of education”

  1. Albert Coutinho wants Amador’s job, that’s what’s going on. Remember, this guy Coutinho is the one that brings you the out of control FEAST FROM HELL!! Every year. Don’t trust him, he is extremely shady character. He pockets all the feast money. It’s a well known fact. Greed should be his middle name.Don’t let me get started on the Seabra family, yuk !!!


  2. Ziggy, you are so wrong. Alberto “Al” Coutinho is a New Jersey General Assemblyman and has no interest in being East Ward councilman. Amador and Coutinho are friends and are part of the same team.
    Also, Al Coutinho is NOT the person who brings us one of the largest ethnic celebrations in the world. It is his father Bernadino Coutinho. He is not a shady character. He is very well spoken and intelligent as well as an advocate for Ironbound residents. The Coutinho family has helped hundreds if not thousands of families and do not live a lavish, luxurious lifestyle. Quit the nonsense.


  3. Let’s wait and see, election time will be in another 3 years, then lets talk. Coutinho’s reputation with the older Portuguese folks is questionable, just talk to some of the old timers around near his bakery on Madison and Ferry. If he is so popular and well liked how come his bakeries are empty threw out the week.


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