Peekskill School District Sued By Coach Over Birth Control Pills

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Parents are suing the Peekskill City School District for allegedly providing their daughter birth control pills without their consent.
Parents are suing the Peekskill City School District for allegedly providing their daughter birth control pills without their consent. Photo Credit: File Photo

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- A coach of multiple sports at the Peekskill City School District is suing the district claiming birth control pills were given to his daughter without parental consent. 

The lawsuit was filed by Anthony and Eva Jackson on May 30 in state Supreme Court in White Plains, seeking unspecified damages.

According to LoHud, the suit alleges that in June 2011, the district took the Jackson's daughter to Hudson River Community Health Center in Peekskill where she was examined and prescribed birth control pills without their knowledge.

The Jacksons claim Peekskill High School psychologist James Tosto and his wife Dawn Totso, who works at the health center, conspired to give their daughter the pills, according to LoHud.

"As of this morning the District had not yet been served with papers regarding this matter, therefor we are unable to comment at this time," Laura Belfiore, a spokeswoman for the district said.

Anthony Jackson is a teacher and coach at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 2013, he was appointed coach of the girls junior varsity volleyball team and has also coached tennis and basketball. Jackson has been a teacher at the district since 2001.

Mary Marzolla, the lawyer for the Jacksons, did not respond to requests for comment. Totso and Hudson River Community Health Center were unable to be reached for comment. 

According to New York Education Department guidelines, parental consent is required for health services, treatment and remedial care.

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