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Parents sue Adelphi Academy for $28 million

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A Bay Ridge prep school that charges up to $32,000 in tuition has been socked with a $28 million lawsuit by the parents of an 11-year-old boy who they claim was roughed up by an administrator, and then expelled along with his two brothers in an act of revenge.

But school administrators responded by slapping the family with a counter $100,000 defamation suit, claiming that they’re the ones who have been hurt.

The family alleges in a case filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court that Jon Barry Kablack, an assistant director at Adelphi Academy, grabbed the child in the school cafeteria on Feb. 7, leaving marks and bruises on his arm. The child’s mother later notified cops, and Kablack was hauled in for questioning, but no charges were filed.

The parents’ suit states that the victim and his brothers, 14 and 8, were later expelled — a move the family claims was retaliatory and not reflective of the children’s school conduct.

Kablack and Adelphi were the ones out of order, according to family lawyer Bruce Baron.

“A teacher’s hands should never be placed on a student’s person,” he said. “Should it occur, the school’s fiduciary duty is medical and law enforcement intervention, not retaliation and cover up.”

Private schools, unlike public schools, are not required by law to report alleged abuse to authorities, said a spokesman for the state’s Department of Education.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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David from Bensonhurst. says:
I currently attend this school, I knew the student quieter well, He showed no compliance. That still gives the said person no write to do what he had done. I also knew his two brothers as well.

- Anonymous.
Nov. 12, 2013, 3:30 am
alan from far rockaway says:
I believe the complaintants allegations. This is not the first time I've heard about this type of behavior coming from the staff at Adelphi. I personally know another student who went through the same thing. If a parent complaints they end up throwing the child out. I think they should be heavily investigated.
Dec. 2, 2013, 4:17 am
Damien from Bay ridge says:
If your going to critique anything please learn to construct a proper sentence. Something I learned at Adelphi over 40 years ago. Great school excellent professors.
Sept. 4, 2014, 6:29 pm
Former teacher from Bay Ridge says:
Damien, I'm glad you had a great experience at Adelphi 40 years ago. Since then I'm sure a lot has changed. I have witnessed some of the practices at Adelphi and I promise that they are unorthodox and shocking. I believe the allegations as I myself have felt very uncomfortable around Mr. Barry and have even had a student complain about his inappropriate behavior. The administrators are excellent at cutting off all ties to anyone that they feel might be a threat to their reputation however, aren't willing to build their reputation the right way. This school should be heavily investigated and exposed.
Sept. 14, 2014, 10:23 pm
Parent from Bensonhurst says:
Aldephi Academy may have an excellent academic program but administration, especially the school master is unprofessional. I recently had a complaint that I shared with Ms. Romanos, she stormed off, after reveiling my concerns. I was left just sitting there and then she went around to all the faulty bad mouthing me. It was humiliating for me and for my child. My daughter graduates next month but I would never recommend this school to anyone. Just because it is private should not allow anyone to abuse their power!
May 26, 2015, 10:44 am

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