Former West High student files suit over expulsion
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News February 22, 2013 2:48PM
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:42AM
Alexander Contini claims in a lawsuit that a West Aurora High School teacher lied to police about an October 2009 incident at the school that ultimately led to Contini being expelled.
Contini’s suit, filed in Kane County Court this month, alleges the teacher, Matthew Love, took a cell phone from Contini and then told school officials and Aurora police that Contini had “shoved him several times” and “yanked his arm” in the confrontation.
Contini denies he pushed or shoved Love, and states in the suit that school video camera recordings support his side of the story. Contini was later expelled after a school disciplinary hearing, which he contends was deliberately scheduled during “school testing” when his witnesses could not testify on his behalf.
“As a result of the expulsion, (Contini) lost opportunities for athletic scholarships and incurred financial expenses related to lost educational credits,” the lawsuit states. “Alexander Contini did not shove, push or yank the arm of … Matthew Love.”
Specifically, Contini accuses Love of defamation for making false statements, including comments about Contini’s making repeated physical contact, to district officials and police. He also claims the district conspired with Love to suspend Contini and obtain criminal charges against him.
A School District spokesman said the district could not comment on pending litigation. Neither the district nor Love appears to have been served with the lawsuit or has had an attorney file an appearance, according to court records. Contini’s attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment this week.
The lawsuit is scheduled for an April hearing.