Teachers at Choate Rosemary Hall, a famously elite private boarding school in Connecticut, participated in systemic sexual abuse for nearly 50 years, school administrators said in a report released yesterday.
The report, compiled by a law firm, claims that 12 former faculty members participated in sexual abuse at Choate, with some allegations going back to the 1960s and some as recent as the 2010s. Twenty-four victims in total were interviewed for the investigation.
"The detailed content of this report is devastating to read," Choate's headmaster, Alex Curtis, wrote in a letter alongside the report. "One can only have the greatest sympathy and deepest concern for the survivors. The conduct of these adults violated the foundation of our community: the sacred trust between students and the adults charged with their care.”
The report alleges inappropriate contact between teachers and students, including “intimate kissing” and “intimate touching.” One student claimed to be raped on a school trip; another student allegedly contracted herpes from her teacher.
The teachers were not reported to the police, according to the report.
"Sexual misconduct matters were handled internally and quietly," the report says. "Even when a teacher was terminated or resigned in the middle of the school year because he or she had engaged in sexual misconduct with a student, the rest of the faculty was told little and sometimes nothing about the teacher's departure and, when told, was cautioned to say nothing about the situation if asked."
The school—which counts President John F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, and Ivanka Trump among its alumni—has a tuition of $49,000 and is a member of the preppy Ten Schools Admissions Organization.
Several of these schools have also reported sexual abuse by faculty members, including Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Taft School in Connecticut, The Boston Globe Spotlight team reported.
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