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School Committee Argument Reported to Police

Donald Quattrochio, newly elected to the Milford School Committee, has filed a police incident report following an argument with fellow board member Paul Mazzuchelli.

a newly elected School Committee member, reported to Milford police Sunday an incident in which he said Paul Mazzuchelli, another committee member, swore at him in "an action of intimidation" at a public meeting.

The incident occurred during the School Committee meeting Thursday, in a discussion of the upcoming budget, Quattrochio told police, according to the incident report. During the board discussion, Quattrochio stated, he was explaining the reasons why he felt the position of security director was a redundancy.

At that point, Mazzuchelli "exploded," Quattrochio told police, and "went off in a tirade of yelling and swearing" at him.

"Quattrochio said that he told Mazzuchelli that he was out of line," the police report stated. Mazzuchelli then swore at him, using expletives several times, before stating "Let's go. Let's go right now."

The incident was witnessed by seven other people, including the Superintendent of Schools, Robert Tremblay, and five other elected School Committee members, Quattrochio said.

Quattrochio waited until Sunday to report the incident, he said, because he was waiting for an apology from Mazzuchelli. He told police he was not interested in pursuing the matter as a criminal offense.

On Monday, Quattrochio said he went to police because he wanted to document the incident. "I just felt like, if I go to make decisions, and voice my opinion, is this going to happen every time? There's no place for it."

The incident occurred during his second meeting as a School Committee member. Mazzuchelli is a six-year member.

"I wanted to make sure this was documented," Quattrochio said. "Therefore, if it ever happened again, I would have something to fall back on. To me, it was serious in nature."

Mazzuchelli, contacted Monday, admitted he swore at Quattrochio but never intended to intimidate him or anyone else. "Yes I did," he said, of the swearing. "It was out of frustration and emotion. If I hurt anyone's feelings, I do apologize for that."

Filing a police report over the incident was "not necessary," Mazzuchelli said.

The argument was not part of the televised School Committee meeting, because the discussion took place following an executive session, during a portion of the meeting when the board came back in to public session to vote on the proposed budget.

The position of security director, held by David Cutler, was eliminated following a 4-3 vote on a motion made by Quattrochio. Mazzuchelli said he became frustrated during the discussion because he couldn't get a good explanation about why the position was being cut.

Quattrochio said he explained his rationale, that the money could be directed to other needs, and not used for a position whose responsibilities could be assumed by the principal, guidance officers or the police officers in buildings.

The budget will go to , with the money for the security director position still intact.

Paul Nolan May 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
It seems as though bullying is not just an issue with the kids but with Mr. Mazzuchelli too. He really is turning into a disgrace.
LISSA BROWN May 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Go Don!
black eye May 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Do we really want this emotionally unstable person representing us and being around our kids??
Goat wood ruin May 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I'm glad police resources and my tax dollars are being spent over swearing incidents.
Ray Fellows May 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Who voted this idiot onto the board. I have known Paul for a long time and he has dedicated his life to Milford and children. He called the cops over this? This is ridiculous!
Ray Fellows May 14, 2012 at 08:33 PM
My boys have graduated from Milford high in the last few years and I can tell you that David Cutler position was VERY needed in that school. This was a HUGE mistake to eliminate the security director position and all Milford taxpayers should be concerned about the legal liabilities that this will leave us open to. After reading the article, I can understand why Paul was so upset. There is a new guard taking over the school committee and it is not necessarily for the better.
Sox Fan May 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Isn't he the same person who led the charge to terminate Pat Corninulis for swearing when his kid was hazing another. Milford politics has gone down the toilet... We need more new comers like Quattrachiro in office. I do have to say as a parent that Mr. Cutler's position is a needed one; but for Paul to pull what he pulled was unnessary
Ray Fellows May 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
According to the Milford police, Paul didnt "pull" anything. The 2 of them participated in a heated debate. I think Mr.Quattrocio's stunt of calling the police is suspect. He felt so threatened by words that he called the police several days later to "document" the incident? This whole thing stinks of orchestrated drama, exactly what we don't need. I have never been in a verbal altercation where I felt the need to call the police.
Henry May 15, 2012 at 01:45 AM
A police report on this incident was necessary. Otherwise, Mr. Mazzuchelli's behavior would be the subject of rumor and innuendo. We can assume Mr. Quattrochio's comments in his report are accurate as he would no doubt want to avoid filing a false report and there were numerous witnesses. The Milford Daily News Police Report of May 14, 2012 does not mention this police report.
Ray Fellows May 15, 2012 at 04:55 AM
What behavior. Two grown men having a loud argument. I see that every Thursday playing bocce! I hear a death threat at least 4 times an hour! Nobody has called the police yet. Maybe I should educate them on the need to file police reports, Obviously no one has ever told them how important it is to document these incidents.
Andie May 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM
We have a security director? Never heard of him. Ray in todays world everything has to be documented. Everyday we read about people who have arguments over stupid issues that turn into assaults or even murder. It seems that Mr Quattrochio wanted this incident documented in case it happens again. The call to police may make Mr Mazzuchelli think twice before he pops off and yells at members who disagree with him. Plus it gives the public a chance to see what is really going on in them meetings when the cameras are off.
Concerned Citizen May 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM
I'm sorryy but he reported the incident to make himself look better because he knows the public would be pissed at the latest decision regarding Mr. Cutler. This was just a pathetic attempt to get public sympathy.
Concerned Citizen May 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Quattrochio needs to put his big boy pants on, grow up and look at what he is doing to our town.
UglyHat May 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Not hard to understand why more people don’t run for local public office. The guy gets yelled and cursed at for voicing an opinion, which is what he is there to do. And then he is subject to media site commenters – who didn’t or won’t step up to the job he volunteered for. Don – do your thing and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. You’re there because you and many of the other townspeople wanted things to change. Good for you.
carl berke May 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Mazzuchelli seems like Romney. He "remembers something vague" and if he hurt someone, he is sorry. That is, like Romney's and other's, a weak and ineffective statement verging on shamelesness just like the original outrburst.
Ray Fellows May 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I talked to a Milford police officer who said it was nothing and Paul could have filed the same report. Their was plenty of hostility from both sides. When I hear something that doesnt make sense, I always look into it before rendering an opinion. It was 2 guys in a heated argument, it happens everyday just most MEN dont choose to involve the police.
Ray Fellows May 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Or he could be like Obama and just deny it ever happened.
Ray Fellows May 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Exactly
Mr Nobody May 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Don I don't even know you but you did the right thing.
milfordman May 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hmmm, that comparison might actually make sense if both incidents happened 50 years ago when they were in high school. But since this particular incident just happened last week the comparison seems inapt. So, one wonders, why would you bring it up?
Average Joe May 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Let's be clear. Don didn't call trhe police to come and arrest him. He went home, waited for an apology (which never came) and then filed a report simply so that it would be documented in case anything were to escalate from the matter. We shouldn't chastise a town official for filing a police report. We all know it was the right thing to do.
Ray Fellows May 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
In my 49 years, I have NEVER felt the need to call the police because I didnt get an apology. Obviously, I was raised differently than a few people responding here.
spider May 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Security Director? Agree wholeheartedly with Don on this one. Funds can be used elsewhere and for Mr. Mazzuchelli to be get this upset over it, in public, at the meeting is boorish behavior and sounds like it may be a typical 'Political' appointment. Good for Don, keep the cronyism up at the statehouse and not here at home. Anyone that believes the way to voice a differing opinion as an elected official is to scream and swear won't be getting my vote in the future. Sounds more like High School than a grown man in public office.
Henry May 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Don Quattrochio's police report listed 7 witnesses. Mary, did you contact any or all of the witnesses to get their views of what occurred between Mr. Quattrochio & Mr. Mazzuchelli?
Mary MacDonald (Editor) May 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Hi Henry, no I didn't because I interviewed both Mr. Quattrochio and Mr. Mazzuchelli.
Ray Fellows May 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I have talked to 3 of them. 2 took Paul's side and 1 took Don's. They all said it was very heated on BOTH sides. I agreed that I wouldnt mention their names but all 3 were perplexed as to why the police needed to brought in to this. I for one don't understand why Paul put's up with this anymore. I know it's because he cares but is this nonsense worth it? I have been approached over the years for different committees and positions and these type of situations are exactly why I have so no every time. These type of antics are why a lot of good people refuse to get involved in the process. They biggest losers in situations like this are the kids and they are why the school committee exists. This all should have been handled in house, period. You don't hang your dirty laundry out to dry for all to see, it hurts the committees credibility with the community.
Stalin May 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Fellow, thought you turned Democat ????
Stalin May 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
OH, and Mr Fellow's where exactly were those WMD's anyhow ???? talk about denial !!!
Ray Fellows May 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
HMMMMMM???? Iraq gets leveled, surrenders. One of the terms of there surrender is regular U.N. inspections. Iraq then refuses entry to the U.N.for 1 and 1/2 YEARS. Then all of a sudden, you can come in. My guess to where is Syria, a year and a half is more than enough time to remove any evidence. Read up on all of the testimony by Iranians and the chemical weapons attacks on them by Iraq including mustard gas attacks. Oh thats right, I forgot, Iraq was the innocent victim to the big bad evil President Bush.

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