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