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Argued: January 28, 2002

This appeal and cross-appeal arise from a lawsuit filed by two students, B.F. and R.H., and their parents against a former elementary school principal and a board of education, based on theories of intentional tort, negligence, and civil rights violations. In essence, plaintiffs B.F. and R.H. claimed they suffered severe and permanent psychological injuries as a result of being sexually abused by their elementary school principal, defendant Samuel Bracigliano, during 1988 and 1989. Brian and Susan Frugis, B.F.’s parents, and Robert and Jeane Hutzel, R.H.’s parents, claimed they suffered economic losses due to the medical expense and private school education costs that they incurred as a result of what happened to their sons. Plaintiffs asserted claims against the Elmwood Park Board of Education (Board) under theories of vicarious liability, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and violation of civil rights, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. � 1983 (1994).*fn1 The two complaints were consolidated. Bracigliano did not file an answer or otherwise move as to the complaint. Consequently, a default was entered against him.

 
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