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.

Salvatore Caracoglia / still from Middletown Press video (http://bit.ly/1dX3zyi)
Salvatore Caracoglia / still from Middletown Press video (http://bit.ly/1dX3zyi)
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. 
Concerned Citizen January 09, 2014 at 06:29 AM
I really don't think publishing these negative comments about Mr. Caracoglia is appropriate. The town knows all this.
L C January 09, 2014 at 07:39 AM
I concur...it's in poor taste. Let him rest in peace and consider the living family members.
wyatt January 09, 2014 at 09:48 AM
The guy was a psycho who molested girls when he was a teacher and then threatened to kill another teacher when she turned him in. Good riddance!
Concerned Citizen January 09, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Again Wyatt the entire town knows of this sad history the man is gone now it does no one any good to repeat these incidents
Jimmy Rustler January 09, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Everyone should know everything. Citations please wyatt.
William Wilson January 09, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Bashing the man in death is called for in my opinion. I am disappointed in the patch for posting this obituary as they did
Jimmy Rustler January 09, 2014 at 11:21 PM
Agreed. People don't talk nice about Hitler or Genghis Khan just because they're dead. Foia.
Concerned Citizen January 10, 2014 at 06:13 AM
We don't have to "talk nice" about this man, I just this it's in poor taste to rehash all the news about him. I don't think he compares to Hitler or Genghis Khan. We do not need to condone anything he did. What does bashing him do? He is gone, he can't hear you.
Jimmy Rustler January 10, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Not everyone knows old news. But if what I'm reading is correct then the article definitely should have mentioned his past actions and not dug him a grave with a silver spade
Concerned Citizen January 10, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Jimmy Rustler January 10, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Death is not a place where the wicked can hide or where anyone needs to pretend anything about the deceased was more glorious then it was. Try telling that to the people he hurt. This man should have been in jail.
L C January 10, 2014 at 07:33 AM
No one is saying venerate him, we're simply saying keep the dirt out of his obit. Wyatt and William I'm sure you have no skeletons...
Jimmy Rustler January 10, 2014 at 07:40 AM
And I'm simply saying no. This is the patces job to report on, were Picking up their slack.
L C January 10, 2014 at 02:28 PM
No, apparently Jimmy you're not well read. The Middletown Press did report on this and obits generally don't air dirty laundry of the deceased. I suppose you too will stand in front of the Almighty a saint!
Jimmy Rustler January 10, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I will not. However I will not stand as an assaulter or molester and if I was I'd expect people to know long after my departure.
CT Yankee January 10, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Let's face it, the guy was a nut case. Let's not white wash history just because he's dead. Heck, crazy Sal probably would have appreciated all this attention and discourse!
wyatt January 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Who could blame the girls and their families, he scared for life, for dancing on his grave ?
Concerned Citizen January 11, 2014 at 05:46 PM
I wouldn't-but that is not the issue
William Wilson January 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM
He who is without sin should cast the first stone. We all have done wrong and think this was a lousy thing to do in one's death.


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