Sachem students, parents intend to sue district after teammate’s death

Posted: Updated:
HAUPPAUGE -

Members of the Sachem High School East football team and their parents intend to sue the school district for not providing enough counseling and therapy in the wake of their teammate’s death.

Joshua Mileto was among a group of athletes carrying a 400-pound log overhead last year when it fell and struck the 16-year-old in the head. The accident happened on school grounds during an off-season football camp.

Members of that group held a news conference Wednesday as they seek a notice of claim, with the intention of suing the district for $15 million.

"After the incident, after the football season had taken place, we received two counseling sessions from Long Island Trauma,” said Matthew Kmiotek, the captain of the Sachem East team. “We were promised that they would come back…They never came back to help. From my understanding, it was [Sachem Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Graham’s] decision to not have them come back."

Dr. Graham said Wednesday that the district took steps to provide students with both in-district and out-of-district support. He also said counseling services are still available for anyone in need.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

  • Backstage at BLI Summer Jam 2018 at Jones Beach

    Backstage at BLI Summer Jam 2018 at Jones Beach

    Backstreet Boys backstage with News 12’s Elisa DiStefano at BLI Summer Jam at Jones Beach.Backstreet Boys backstage with News 12’s Elisa DiStefano at BLI Summer Jam at Jones Beach.

    Another year in the books for BLI’s yearly Summer Jam at Jones Beach. Check out these photos from backstage with some of the bands that hit the stage on June 15.

    Another year in the books for BLI’s yearly Summer Jam at Jones Beach. Check out these photos from backstage with some of the bands that hit the stage on June 15.

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Photos

    2018 FIFA World Cup Photos

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off June 14 in Russia.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."