The elite school in the United States, whose graduates were former president John F. Kennedy and the daughter of President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump, apologized for sexual misconduct at its headquarters over four decades. The Rosemary Choith Hall in Connecticut also admitted that at least 12 of its employees had misused students. Some cases of sexual misconduct date back to the 1960s.
“We deeply apologize, and the behavior of these adults has violated the foundation of our society: the sacred trust between students and adults accused of caring for them,” the boarding school said.
The apology came from the school after it launched an independent investigation into reports of “adult sexual misconduct with students.” The school received “many calls and emails” after asking people to come forward and speak out against abuses.
According to the report, it was reported that the earliest case of staff abusing students in the 1960s. The school said it had received “a handful of reports of sexual misconduct” in the 2010s. The report said the number of allegations of sexual misconduct peaked in the 1980s.
The report was prepared by an independent investigator of the School Board of Trustees. The case was found to be a student who contracted herpes from her English teacher, according to the New York Times. A 17-year-old student was reportedly raped by a Spanish student in 1999. There were also allegations of “intimate kissing” and “intimate touch”. The report said there were no cases of sexual misconduct on the part of the current staff at the school.
During the investigation, it was also found that the school was aware of the attack but did not inform the police and dealt with the cases internally, the BBC reported. “Our investigations also showed that when allegations of sexual misconduct were supported by a co-management, sexual abuse issues were treated internally and calmly.
“Even when the teacher finishes or resigns in the middle of the school year because of his involvement in sexual misconduct with a student, the rest of the faculty was told to them a little, sometimes nothing about the teacher’s departure, when he said, they were warned to say about the situation if asked to do so”. The school said it issued the report to fulfill its pledge to be at the forefront of the highest level of care in preventing and addressing sexual misconduct for adults. “