The lawsuit names former principal Edgar W. Friedrichs Jr.; the Fayette County Board of Education; the Interboro School District outside Philadelphia; and Robert J. Castle, a former Prospect Park, Pa., principal, as defendants.
faces a murder charge in Bell's death.He
is serving a prison term unconnected sex crimes involving his
former Beckwith Elementary School students.During that trial, a man testified about experience as a child with Friedrichs in the Interboro School District, where Friedrichs taught before he was hired in Fayette County.
The lawsuit says Pennsylvania officials "became fully aware that defendant Friedrichs
was a predator who repeatedly sexually assaulted and abused minor students of the Interboro School District
...The note is on a reference form and explains Friedrichs was a fifth-grade teacher for eight years.