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Jeremy Bell's Principal and Teacher

Beckwith Elementary School

Principal

Beckwith Elementary School

Teacher

Interboro School District

Principal

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West Virginia Record | Jeremy Bell suit settled

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The suit was filed by the family of Jeremy Bell, who died in 1997 at the age of 12 while at the cabin of Edgar Friedrichs Jr., then the principal at Beckwith Elementary School.

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Friedrichs was convicted in August 2005 of Bell's murder while serving a 30-65-year term for child molestation.He's now serving life in prison.
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However, both the district and Pennsylvania Board of Education helped perpetuate letters of recommendation written by employees at Prospect Park Elementary School to be sent to Fayette County when Friedrichs was relocating, it adds.
Arriving in Fayette County in 1975, Friedrichs eventually worked at five different schools.He's currently incarcerated Southern Regional Jail.


Montgomery Herald - ‘The Jeremy Bell Act of 2006’

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Jeremy Bell was a 12-year-old Fayette County student who died in 1997 while in the care of his school principal Edgar Friedrichs Jr., a former teacher who began his career at Prospect Park Elementary School in Delaware County, Pa., over 30 years ago.

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Despite accusations of child molestation in the Pennsylvania school, Friedrichs was able to transfer to another school in West Virginia, where he continued his alleged crimes.
While not initially charged with Bell's death, Friedrichs was found guilty of one count of first-degree sexual abuse and three felony counts of sexual abuse by a custodian on Jan. 31, 2002.The children he was found guilty of harming were Bell's two friends.Friedrichs was sentenced to a minimum of 31 years in prison.
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Friedrichs, who was formerly principal of Falls View and Beckwith Elementary schools, was indicted on first-degree murder charges in May 2003.


Former Principal In Court On Murder Charges

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Edgar Friedrichs is accused in the murder of 12-year-old Jeremy Bell in 1997.

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Friedrichs had been Jeremy Bell's principal and teacher at Beckwith Elementary School.
His trial is set to begin on July 25th.


Toomey addressed the group and referenced ...

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Toomey addressed the group and referenced the case of Edgar Friedrichs Jr., a West Virginia principal convicted with the murder of 12-year-old Jeremy Bell.

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Prior to West Virginia, Friedrichs had worked as a teacher in the Interboro School District, and Toomey said the district had problems with Friedrichs, wanted him to leave and wrote him a letter of recommendation.
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Prior to West Virginia, Friedrichs had worked as a teacher in the Interboro School District, and Toomey said the district had problems with Friedrichs, wanted him to leave and wrote him a letter of recommendation.


The Farmers State Bank

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In 1997, former Beckwith Elementary School Principal Edgar W. Friedrichs Jr. invited two of his former students on a fishing trip along the New River.

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Eight years later, Friedrichs was convicted of killing Bell and sentenced to life in prison.
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The suit also named a Pennsylvania principal who recommended Friedrichs for a teaching job in West Virginia.
In their suit, the Pascocciellos said the two school systems failed to protect young boys from Friedrichs, a known threat.
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Police and investigators later discovered chloroform in Bell's body and receipts that showed Friedrichs had bought chloroform.
Several of Friedrichs' former students testified in various hearings that Friedrichs encouraged them to see who could drink juice he poured for them the fastest.Several of the students testified the juice tasted bitter, and they awakened feeling like they had been drugged.
In 2002, Friedrichs was convicted of sexually abusing some of his former students at Beckwith Elementary School.During that trial, a man testified that when he was a student in Pennsylvania, Friedrichs molested him.Friedrichs was never charged with abusing any students in Pennsylvania.
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Friedrichs' guardian, Fayetteville lawyer Jim Keenan, said Friedrichs has been declared a pauper.
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Claims against Friedrichs were also released in exchange for the settlement.
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Earlier, Jeremy Bell's family settled a lawsuit against Friedrichs in Fayette Circuit Court.

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