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Sep 25, 2008 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Hampton Bays principal files complaint against school district

Sep 25, 2008 11:05 AM

A former Hampton Bays High School principal who resigned from his position in 2006 after he was accused of making harassing phone calls to several women has filed a discrimination complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, against the district for refusing to reinstate him after the charges were reduced.

Frank Vetro 36 of Coram, who in 2006 was charged with seven counts of misdemeanor aggravated harassment, was cleared of five of those charges in March. He pleaded guilty to two counts of the same charge the same month, which were later reduced to violations.

In the complaint, which states the Hampton Bays School District and Superintendent Joanne Loewenthal practiced discriminatory practice related to employment, Mr. Vetro says he submitted his resignation because district officials promised that his job would be waiting for him after he cleared his name.

In April, Mr. Vetro claims he met with Ms. Loewenthal, who told him that the School Board would not reinstate him as principal, despite the charges being reduced.

“I did not realize that my civil rights were being violated and that I was being stigmatized despite the fact that I was innocent of all of the criminal charges,” Mr. Vetro states in the complaint.

According to the complaint, Mr. Vetro is seeking reinstatement to his former position, reimbursement for lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Mr. Vetro was arrested in February 2006 on charges that he made phone calls of sexual and explicit nature to several women, including former colleagues and a former student at Newfield High School in Selden, where Mr. Vetro was previously employed as a teacher. Following that arrest, Mr. Vetro was reassigned to a desk job located in the basement of the district’s administration office.

Mr. Vetro was arrested a second time in June 2006 after police said he violated an order of protection secured by an ex-girlfriend. He resigned shortly afterward. He was later cleared of that charge.

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This guy has to be kidding. He should be in the same jail cell as Catz.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Sep 26, 08 9:45 AM
If he was innocent of all criminal charges why did he plead guilty to two charges?
He honestly thinks because he like Chris Catz got off easy he should be given his job as a principal?????
Another good role model for the HB students!
By Concerned (1), Hampton bays on Sep 26, 08 2:03 PM
When you are going to be working with our kids there needs to be moral accountability as well as criminal. Who wants scum like that being left to guide our children? Thieves and stalkers have no place in public schools collecting MY tax money as pay.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Oct 1, 08 1:36 PM
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By thehamptonsaregreat@yahoo.com (5), watermill on Oct 1, 08 9:24 PM
Clearing this man's name is only part of a larger issue. We need to reform our criminal justice system to correct some of the mistakes that land wrongly accused people in the media cast in a negative light. Let's not be sheep and follow the herd. The fact is, Frank Vetro was a young administrator coerced into siging a document that he shouln't have. THE DISTRICT KNOWS BETTER!
By Concerned Parent (1), Bayport on Oct 13, 08 7:40 PM
I don't see why you people are bringing Chris Catz into this, I know both men personally, I know both of the cases, and I don't see the relevance nor the necessity of bringing up Catz's case into this one. Really People!!!
By Mccainshouldvewon (1), hampton bays on Feb 18, 09 7:11 PM
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By ohmy1315, selden on Jul 26, 09 8:52 AM