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Cops arrested an administrator at a Bay Ridge prep school for assaulting a 12-year-old student on Feb. 7.

Police say Adelphi Academy’s Jon Barry Kablack bruised the boy’s arm when he grabbed it while the child was on a field trip from the school on Ridge Boulevard between 85th and 86th streets.

Police were notified by the child’s mother after her son told her what happened that afternoon when he got home from school.

But the head of the private Adelphi Academy blasted the complaint as frivolous.

“This appears to be an act of retaliation aimed at the school by disgruntled parents,” Adelphi President Roy Blash said in a statement.

“While Adelphi Academy did receive an allegation from a parent regarding their young child, [we] fully and immediately investigated the matter, and by all accounts found the allegation to be baseless.”

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

But the child’s family doesn’t plan to take this laying down: they have retained lawyer Bruce Baron to take legal action against the school.

Baron declined to comment.

Kablack has not been fired, school employees said.

“He took a couple of sick days, but, as far as I know, he’s not fired,” said Chip Cafiero, the school’s director of community and external relations, who defended Kablack.

“He is an excellent man,” Cafiero said.

Details about Kablack’s employment at the school could not be immediately confirmed, but Cafiero said that he was an assistant to the school’s director and “does a lot of odds and ends.”

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Lorraine from Staten Island says:
This doesn't suprise me. This school is a joke and a ticking time bomb. Why it has imploded yet is a mystery, since the administration hides behind closed doors, most of the faculty is uncertified to teach, and the parents arent allowed to disagree with anything or anyone in authority. They constantly threaten law suits and the student who was involved in this incident was expelled as well as his two siblings. It is believed that the school has filed a lawsuit against the family. Adelphi contantly holds itself above the rules since they are a private school. This is just the tip of the iceberg..Adelphi is a sinking ship!
Feb. 26, 2012, 7:25 pm
Jonny P from Bay Ridge says:
This article is not surprising at all. This school is absolutely corrupt and should not be running. The things that go on in there are unheard of and ridiculous ...to say the least. I have had dealings with the school, I am not saying of what kind (I may be a parent, ex parent, student, ex student, current teacher, or past teacher) REGARDLESS, this school should be SHUT DOWN immediately. I agree with what Lorraine stated above, you cannot disagree with anything or they threaten you legally right away. What a shame that people go there, hopefully everyone will get the message soon! LOUD AND CLEAR!
Feb. 29, 2012, 7 pm
Joseph from Dyker Heights says:
For the past 10-years this school has been in the limelight for various scandals. Where there's smoke...there's fire.
March 14, 2012, 7:47 am
Sylvia from Brighton Beach says:
The Department of Education really should look at what goes on at Adelphi Academy. Dr. Blash is a pompous bufoon who thinks he is on the cutting edge of education, when in reality, he is so out of touch with what goes on right under his nose and is truly a nasty man. Don't be fooled by him! Al Corhan has no background in Education and less background in how to run a school. He hides in his office and has everyone else do his dirty work. Also a very very nasty man! The turnover of staff is downright laughable and people disappear overnight. Teachers go to Adelphi to become bad teachers..they are not given the resources needed to succeed and if they dare question what they are ordered to do, they are fired. . As for the charge in question again Barry, I guarantee it is probably true and Adelphi will do whatever they can to discredit the family of this student. The administrators are a bunch of thugs and they try to rule by intimidation.So if any parent is reading this and thinking of sending their kids to this dump of a school, RUN..RUN as fast as you can.
March 24, 2012, 6:28 pm
Marty from Flatbush says:
Does anyone know what happened to Adelphi, that it has reached its present condition? A half century ago it was widely considered a distinguished preparartory school, with at least 500 students and with a 100% college admission rate (with 10% Ivy League) at a time when that was very unusual.
March 7, 2013, 2:35 pm

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