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    Poly Prep school official took students to Cuba for an alcohol-fueled trip complete with hookers, cigars – lawsuit

    Poly Prep school official took students to Cuba for an alcohol-fueled
    trip complete with hookers, cigars: lawsuit
    Friday, May 29, 2015, 12:25 PM A A A

    A top official at Brooklyn’s scandal-scarred Poly Prep Country Day
    School took students on a “rite of passage” trip to Cuba complete with
    hookers, cigars and plenty of drinking, according to a lawsuit filed

    Employee Lisa Della Pietra, a former student who now raises money for
    the elite prep school, said development director Steven Andersen “put
    students in harm’s way” and then tried to “buy his way out of it” with
    Poly’s money.

    In a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn state supreme court, Pietra claimed she
    reported Andersen’s shenanigans to the school’s headmaster, David Harman.

    But nothing was done beyond a “sham” investigation, Pietra said, and
    Andersen, her boss, retaliated against her for making complaints.

    According to court papers, Andersen “manufactured” an educational trip
    to Cuba so he could check out a personal investment he told Pietra would
    be his “nest egg.”

    Andersen allegedly paid a prostitute to entertain the students as a
    “rite of passage,” and drank and smoked Cuban cigars with the students,
    Pietra’s suit said.

    When another alum of the school threatened to expose Andersen’s behavior
    upon return, the development director paid him a sum to buy his silence,
    Pietra claimed.

    She also accused the school of colluding to cover up the accusations
    against Andersen, and said the development director threatened his staff
    to ensure their silence.

    Pietra further alleges that when she reported Andersen’s bullying and
    inappropriateness to Poly Prep leaders, her boss got wind of it — and
    then began bullying her.
    “Andersen … began a campaign of retaliation and bullying … including
    verbal rants and threats, stripping plaintiff of her job
    responsibilities …” the suit said.

    In December 2012, Poly Prep Country Day School settled a landmark
    lawsuit claiming its longtime football coach sexually abused hundreds of
    boys over a 25-year period and that officials covered up the assaults
    for decades.

    The explosive suit, filed in 2009, claimed officials at the Dyker
    Heights prep school knew that coach Phil Foglietta was a sexual
    predator, but ignored repeated complaints during his 25 years at the
    school because they didn’t want to jeopardize the institution’s athletic
    reputation and fund-raising efforts.

    In her lawsuit filed Thursday, Pietra noted Andersen had coached
    football alongside Foglietta for 20 years.

    Calls to Poly Prep’s headmaster’s office for comment were not
    immediately returned.

    Source: Poly Prep school official took students to Cuba: lawsuit – NY
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