Family of 13-year-old files lawsuit against South Country schools, Brookhaven Town in connection to his death

The family is seeking at least $3 million in damages for the death of their son, Javien Coleman.

News 12 Staff

Oct 19, 2023, 10:10 AM

Updated 217 days ago

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A Suffolk County school district and the Town of Brookhaven is facing a lawsuit in connection to a Suffolk teen’s death.
The teen died of cancer, and his parents say it was because of the toxic air from the Brookhaven landfill.
The family is seeking at least $3 million in damages for the death of their son, Javien Coleman.
Coleman’s family says before his non-Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis he was an active and healthy kid.
After attending the Frank P. Long Intermediate School for two years, he got sick. Coleman passed away in 2022 at 13.
Coleman’s family believes if the South Country School District had closed down the school when others began getting sick, and the Town of Brookhaven properly operated the landfill, he wouldn’t have died. The landfill was located one mile away from the school.
News 12 has reached out to both the school district and town for comment.  


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