Elite School Acknowledges Decades Of Sexual Abuse


Elite School Acknowledges Decades Of Sexual Abuse
by William Bigelow


Horace Mann School, the elite Horace Mann prep school in the Bronx, has apologized for sexual abuse committed by its teachers and administrators between the years 1962 and 1996. But the school, which has said it will create an advisory panel on student safety, appoint one of the victims to the Head of School Committee that advises the board of trustees, and release the school’s report of the sexual abuse committed by its employees, has refused to do one thing that the victims have asked for: support an independent investigation into the abuses.

Joseph Cumming, a former victim, said, “The school is effectively saying no to our primary request.” Board of Trustees Chair Steven M. Friedman and Head of School Thomas M. Kelly stated, "While nothing we can say or do will erase the painful memories shared by the survivors, we hope our actions demonstrate our resolve never to forget this portion of our past and reiterate our commitment to the safety of today’s students.”

Does anyone believe this decades-long abuse-and-cover-up is one-of-a-kind? Or that the MSM will be clamoring for investigations of this and various cities’ “rubber rooms” for abusers who could not or were not charged? I’m not turning blue!