Bellport High School

Jonathan Elsalam has been charged with rape, criminal sexual acts for allegedly engaging in a nine-month affair with a 16-year-old student. (credit: Handout/Suffolk County DA)

Student Involved In Alleged Affair With Long Island Teacher Files $10 Million Lawsuit

Jonathan Elsalam has pleaded not guilty to the rape and other charges against him. He’s also facing a $10 million lawsuit filed by the student.


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L.I. Principal Says He Was Fired For Not Helping To Change Student’s Grade

Kevin O’Connell said he was handed termination papers after he refused to pressure a teacher at Bellport High School into changing a star football player’s algebra grade so the student would qualify for a full scholarship to Syracuse University.


Jennifer Mejia's casket is carried out of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Patchogues on June 23, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Family, Friends Bid Final Farewell To Jennifer Mejia, Youngest Victim In Medford Pharmacy Murders

Thursday night, Mejia was remembered at the Bellport High graduation ceremony. Tributes to her were everywhere: on the stage, in the program. Balloons were released to honor her.


A photo of Jennifer Mejia is displayed in memory of the 17-year-old student at Bellport High School on Thursday night. (credit: CBS 2)

Medford Pharmacy Shooting Victim Mejia Remembered At Bellport High School Graduation

Wearing purple ribbons on their gowns and writing tributes to Jennifer Mejia on their caps, Bellport High School’s 2011 graduation class tried to have as normal a graduation as possible despite the tragic circumstances.