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 Miletoâ€™s death was an accident, multiple veteran high school football coaches wondered why the drill was ever carried out in the first place.
â€śIâ€™ve never heard of it,â€ť said coach Dan Santini, former president of New Yorkâ€™s High School Coaches Association, in the wake of the accident. â€śI donâ€™t even know why I would have the players do such a thing.â€ť
Ancharski-Mileto filed the notice of claim on Thursday and named the booster club and the Sachem Central School District as defendants.
â€śThis unsupervised and improperly conducted conditioning drill should have never been part of the training of these young boys,â€ť said attorney Jay Dankner, who is representing the Mileto family. â€śThere 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.â€ť