PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A teacher suing the Peekskill schools for allegedly taking his then-16-year-old daughter to an off-campus health clinic where she was prescribing birth control pills was accused by the district in 2011 of assaulting the colleague who allegedly helped her get the pills.
Records obtained by The Journal News under the Freedom of Information Law also show that another incident involving an assault in January prompted the school district to place Anthony Jackson on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.
On June 24, 2011, Jackson "entered the office of his colleague with the intention of discussing an incident that had occurred involving the colleague, the colleague's wife, and the employee's daughter," according to the records. "While in the colleague's office, the employee acted in an unprofessional and inappropriate manner by assaulting the colleague."
Jackson and his wife, Eva, filed a lawsuit May 30 in state Supreme Court that accused Peekskill High School psychologist James Tosto and his wife, Dawn, of conspiring to provide their daughter with birth control pills in 2011 without the parents' knowledge. Dawn Tosto works at the Hudson River Community Health Center.
The Jacksons allege in court papers that their daughter took the pills until they found out about it and that the examination took place in June 2011, when the girl was a student in the district.
Under a January 2012 agreement with the district, following the assault, Jackson was fined 15 days pay, issued a letter of reprimand, asked to complete an anger-management program and told that a "repeat" of the type of conduct would result in dismissal if the charges were proven.
In a letter dated Jan. 22 of this year, the district told Jackson that "there will be an investigation to determine whether there was (a) violation of the agreement between you and the Peekskill City School District dated January 10, 2012."
The Peekskill Board of Education called the Jacksons' lawsuit an "intimidation tactic aimed to bring disrepute to the Board and the school district."
The board's statement said Jackson is an employee of the Peekskill City School District "who has been reassigned to home since January 2014 due to a pending disciplinary matter."
Records show that Jackson joined the district in September 2001 and is currently listed as a teacher at Woodside Elementary School. A resident of Newburgh, his children attended Peekskill schools because of his status as a teacher there.