Stop Covering Up Horace Mann's Complicity in 3 Decades of Child Abuse
  • Petitioned Thomas M. Kelly

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Headmaster, Horace Mann School
Thomas M. Kelly
Chairman of the Board, Horace Mann School
Steve Friedman
Secretary, Horace Mann School
Robert Heidenberg
Board, Horace Mann School
Catherine Goodstein
Board, Horace Mann School
Justin Lerer
Board, Horace Mann School
Andrea Olshan
Board, Horace Mann School
Michael Pruzan
Board, Horace Mann School
Richard Ruben
Board, Horace Mann School
Steven Bussey
Board, Horace Mann School
Michael Colacino
Board, Horace Mann School
Matthew Mark
Board, Horace Mann School
Andrewa Olshan
Board, Horace Mann School
Catherine Goodstein Wallace, M.D.
Board, Horace Mann School
Amanda Roth Salzhauer
Board, Horace Mann School
Dominick C. Kulik
Trustee, Emeritus
Bruce S Brickman
Trustee, Emeritus
David R. Tillinghast
Trustee, Emeritus
Jordan Roth
Board, Horace Mann School
Samona Tait, Ed.D.
Board Chair, Emeritus
Robert Katz
Board Chair, Emeritus
Peter Gross
Board Chair, Emeritus
Alan Locker
Board Emeritus
Miles M. Stuchin
Chair Emeritus
Richard Eisner
Chair Emeritus
Peter Gross
Chair Emeritus
Michael Hess
Chair Emeritus
Michael Loeb

Stop Covering Up Horace Mann's Complicity in 3 Decades of Child Abuse

    1. HM Action Coalition
    2. Petition by

      HM Action Coalition

      Norwich, VT

A New York Times Magazine article recently uncovered decades of sexual abuse that took place at Horace Mann School in New York City.  It detailed how teachers- primarily in the 1970s and 1980s- sexually abused students and the pain, suicide and silence that followed the horrible acts.  Since the article appeared, we now know that some 25 survivors have implicated over 15 Horace Mann teachers in child abuse -- which included the Headmaster of Horace Mann, R. Inslee Clark, Jr. -- begging the question, how could the most prestigious college prepatory school in the country allow so many perpetrators to abuse so many children over so many years?  It was also revealed that the administration apparently knew about the abuse in many instances, but refrained from alerting police, students or parents.  So far, the Horace Mann administration and Headmaster Thomas Kelly have offered neither apology to the Survivors, nor or a satisfactory strategy for ensuring the abuse never happens again.   As graduates from Horace Mann, we demand that the headmaster and administration take proactive steps to address the horrible abuses that happened on school grounds with the administration's knowledge.  While many of the perpetrators of these crimes are dead and the statutes of limitation passed, the victims still need and deserve justice and closure.  Specifically, we are asking for an apology on behalf of the school, a "gold plated" system to prevent future sexual abuse at the school, and a transparent investigation into the allegations.

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    • L. Young NYC, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Children must be protected.

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    • Nancy Syrop CHAPPAQUA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a victim of abuse but at another private school in brooklyn ny

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    • Paola Vita ASTORIA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      As an alumna of Horace Mann, an educator and a parent I fully support an independent investigation into the long history of child abuse at Horace Mann. To prevent further abuse not only at my alma mater but also at other youth-serving institutions it is important to fully understand how the abuse was allowed to go on for so long. Only then can we learn from it. I am shocked that the current administration has yet to support this. Fully understanding the historical transgressions should be a #1 priority for current trustees and families, it is not just an alumni issue. Investing in the truth should be more important than investing in beautiful buildings and fields. We need to trust that the truth truly does prevail and that only through the full truth can Horace Mann forward into a future where it can truly stand again as a leader in education. In trying to distant itself from what took place rather take responsibility for it through an apology and thorough investigation, the current Horace Mann community is complicit in hiding the truth and continuing to send a message that the only to protect a school's reputation is by keeping secrets. I expect more and hope to be able to look at Horace Mann in awe again someday in the future.

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    • Emily Miller LITTLETON, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      Because...Great is the truth and it prevails

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    • David Rubin FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is inconsistent for the school to seek support from alumni while failing to investigate and apologize for the widespread abuses that took place.

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