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OFFICIALS GIVEN TIME TO DEAL WITH STUDENTS ACCUSED OF TEACHER ATTACK

A judge Friday gave Buffalo public school administrators more time to deal with two Lorraine Academy students accused of severely injuring a special education teacher last week.

At the request of School Superintendent James Harris, State Supreme Court Justice Nelson H. Cosgrove issued a stay of enforcement of federal disability laws that would have forced the School District to return both boys, 13, to classes Monday.

After the Oct. 6 attack that left teacher Beverly Piccillo hospitalized with back, head and abdominal injuries, the boys were suspended from the South Buffalo school.

Under federal laws governing disabled individuals, the two boys could only be kept out of school for 10 business days without a court order, which Cosgrove signed Friday for Assistant Corporation Counsel Rosemary Gavigan Bis.

Under the Cosgrove order, School District officials have been granted an indefinite period of time to come up with a satisfactory plan for the future education of the boys, both reportedly undergoing psychological examinations, court officials said.

The current medical status of Ms. Piccillo, 43, could not be learned Friday.

According to official reports, Ms. Piccillo was kicked and punched by both boys while trying to break up a fight between them at the school during a music class at about 9:45 a.m. Oct. 6.

School officials told police the two boys were fighting because one insulted the other's mother.

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