As many as 61 former St. George’s School students endured “a private hell” of systemic sexual abuse at the elite Episcopal prep school dating to the 1970s, said a report by independent investigator Martin F. Murphy.
St. Paul’s School marshaled its considerable resources to defend its reputation after a star pupil was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl on campus, and prominent parents chipped in $100,000 toward Owen Labrie’s criminal defense, according to new filings in the victim’s lawsuit against the school. – Boston Globe
“St. Paul’s School in Concord responded Monday to a federal complaint filed in June by the girl’s parents, who said the school failed to protect the children entrusted to its care.”
The Providence Journal has The Rev. Howard White, ex-St. George’s assistant chaplain, accused of sex abuse at N.H. prep school. An…
At least 67 private schools in New England have faced accusations since 1991 that staffers sexually abused or harassed more than 200 students, the Spotlight Team found through an examination of court cases, as well as interviews with alumni, relatives, school officials, and attorneys. – Boston Globe
“The Pomfret School in Connecticut said it, too, is reviewing its policies and campus culture and has hired an investigator to receive reports of wrongdoing. Pomfret’s headmaster was formerly an administrator at St. George’s and has acknowledged not reporting some of the alleged abuse there to authorities.” – AP
It appears from the record that the plaintiff subsequently learned information tending to indicate that the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Virginia, may have known of White’s alleged proclivity for deviant sexual behavior. – Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
“It’s an elite environment” … “You’re talking about probably the most spectacular campus in the whole country for a private school. Not everyone gets to go to a school like that.” – An alum from the 1970s
A choir director and clergy person who left St. George’s Preparatory School in Rhode Island went on to full careers in schools and parish ministry, some of which had been contacted by victims. In addition, allegations at St. George’s now extend as late as 2004. And there are allegations of a culture of student male on male rape.
An investigation by St. George’s School has found that a total of 23 students were sexually abused by three school employees in the 1970s and ’80s, according to a draft of a report provided to the Globe Wednesday evening. The perpetrators were fired, but the prep school did not report them at the time to child protection services, as mandated by law. – Boston Globe, December 23, 2015
“During the last 15 months, we have continued to learn much about our School and the students it serves. … Our ongoing work will be even more difficult having witnessed the challenges of the trial, but it remains our responsibility to make our School the safest place possible.”
The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld has posted a pastoral letter about the divisions and grief brought to light following…
‘The “senior salute” was not part of the culture when I attended St. Paul’s from 1997 to 2000, nor was it around for students who graduated just five years ago.’
Prior to the current trial, Michael G. Hirschfeld, the Rector of St. Paul’s School wrote to the students, parents, and alumni about privilege, and the mission of a Christian institution that schools those privileged to be there.
The case has already raised uncomfortable questions about the connection between privilege and sexual assault, and between sexual assault in American colleges and in high schools.