Bellport High School Teacher, Jonathan Elsalam, Arrested for Allegedly Having Affair with Teen

Attorney Jeffrey Brown of Leeds Brown Law, P.C., has filed a lawsuit against the South Country Central School District, on behalf of his client, claiming the teachers, staff and administrators at Bellport High School looked the other way when John Elsalam, 26, engaged in a relationship with a 16-year-old girl who was in one of his classes at the high school. Elsalam, a tenured teacher at Bellport High School, taught history and coached lacrosse. Attorney Jeffrey Brown says his client was an impressionable, underage female. He also suggests that teachers in the school openly commented on the fact that Elsalam and the girl were in a relationship. Jeffrey Brown is seeking $10 million in damages on behalf of his client. Full Article

Sexual harassment in schools is illegal under Title IX of the 1972 Education Act. This law applies to schools, colleges and universities that receive any amount of federal funding. Title IX allows the U.S. Department of Education to investigate complaints, order remedies, and withhold funding from educational institutions in violation of Title IX. Enforcement of Title IX is administered by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The law applies to academic, extra-curricular, research, occupational training, and other educational programs from pre-school through graduate school that receive or benefit from federal financial funding.

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