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Skakel Once Threatened Woman, Educator Says

April 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was once suspended from a private school in Vermont after threatening a teacher's wife with a ski pole said Richard Wright, founder of The Vershire School.

Skakel, a nephew of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is charged in the beating death of Martha Moxley, who was killed in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975. Both were 15 at the time.

Wright said Skakel was sent home after threatening to strike Jane Taupier during a 1978 confrontation in a dormitory staircase. Taupier and her husband lived in a dorm with Skakel and 25 other students, Wright said.

Skakel, now 41, never returned to the school.

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