The mother of a teenager who was killed during football practice while performing a grueling drill that many coaches have labeled as too dangerous for youngsters plans to sue his Long Island school district for a whopping $7.5 million.
Sayyida Ancharski-Mileto accused East Sachem High School of careless and negligent behavior in the hours leading up to the death of her son, 16-year-old Josh Mileto. He was killed on August 10 when a 10-foot, 400-pound section of a wooden utility pole fell on him during a preseason training camp organized by Sachem East coaches and a booster organization.
Mileto and four teammates were told to raise the heavy pole over their heads and onto their shoulders as part of a relay race, court papers revealed. While Suffolk police officially determined that Mileto’s death was an accident, multiple veteran high school football coaches wondered why the drill was ever carried out in the first place.
“I’ve never heard of it,” said coach Dan Santini, former president of New York’s High School Coaches Association, in the wake of the accident. “I don’t even know why I would have the players do such a thing.”
Ancharski-Mileto filed the notice of claim on Thursday and named the booster club and the Sachem Central School District as defendants.
“This unsupervised and improperly conducted conditioning drill should have never been part of the training of these young boys,” said attorney Jay Dankner, who is representing the Mileto family. “There was no thought or consideration was to what could, and unfortunately did, happen if the boys lost control of the log or it was dropped for any reason.”