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Foul-Mouthed Priest an 'Absolute Monster,' SNL Star and Former Student Says

By Nicholas Rizzi | May 12, 2016 2:22pm
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson, a St. Joseph by-the-Sea alum, slammed the principal of his former school as an "absolute monster" in a social media post.
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STATEN ISLAND — A "Saturday Night Live" cast member called the principal of his former Catholic school an "absolute monster" after a lawsuit accused the priest of tirades of vulgar, racist, sexist and homophobic rants.

Pete Davidson, a Staten Island native who joined the show in 2014, posted a photo on Instagram Wednesday of a New York Daily News story about the suit accusing Father Michael Reilly, principal of St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School, of hurling insults at his staff.

The comedian wrote he's "glad something is finally being done."

"He is an absolute monster and has ruined that high school," Davidson wrote. "He should have been fired years ago."

Staff members Lawrence Boliak, Maureen Smith and Thomas Rodes filed a suit in Manhattan Supreme Court this week against Reilly and his two "henchmen," Vice Principal Robert Richard and Dean of Men Greg Manos, for creating a hostile work environment, trying to kick out elderly teachers and repeatedly calling a guidance counselor a pedophile.

The suit claims that Reilly referred to women as "b--ches" and "tw-ts" and students and faculty members he suspected were homosexual as "f-gs" and "f--gots."

He also threatened to kick one African-American teacher "back to the jungle" and called an elderly teacher "a vodka sh--ting b--ch that we don't need," the lawsuit said.

"He routinely called an administrator at the school a 'fat fa--ot.' Father Reilly hardly ever uttered a sentence without the word 'f--k'  in it," lawyer Michael Dowd wrote in the suit. 

"He referred to a sick female teacher by saying, 'How did we get stuck with a piece of sh-t like this?'"

On Wednesday, Reilly sent home a letter to parents about the allegations where he called them "false and absurd" and wrote the suit has "no merit," the Staten Island Advance reported.