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Former Middletown High School Language Teacher Sal Caracoglia Dies at 63

The former soccer coach was a Spanish and Italian teacher at Middletown High School for 17 years and outspoken critic of the education board and common council.

Former Middletown High School Language Teacher Sal Caracoglia Dies at 63
Longtime Middletown High School Spanish and Italian language teacher Salvatore Caracoglia died Tuesday at Middlesex Hospital, according to his  obituary at Legacy.com. He was 63.

The former Middletown Youth Soccer and Middletown High School soccer coach also served as president of the Garibaldi Italian Society. He was an outspoken critic of the school board and common council and passionately voiced his opinion during public sessions.

In October 2011, Caracoglia spoke at length at a Board of Education meeting, according to a report in the Middletown Press. A Middletown Press video records the outburst.

In March 2012, Caracoglia  sued the Middletown Board of Education and the police department on accusations authorities stopped him from addressing the board during a public meeting in 2008.

In 1995, Caracoglia was let go by the school district after being cited for insubordination, misconduct and harassment. He had sued another teacher in the district, alleging that she spread false rumors about him, but he lost that lawsuit in 1998.

He also had a run-in with police in the late 1990s after he allegedly threatened that same teacher, according to a  Hartford Courant report. 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown followed by a Mass of christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. 

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