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08-07-2012, 09:24 AM
From N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/nyregion/horace-mann-school-details-steps-to-handle-sexual-abuse-reports.html) by Jenny Anderson:

After two months of deliberations, the Horace Mann School announced on Monday a series of steps, including increased training for faculty members and instruction for students, to address reports of past sexual abuse at the school.

Steven M. Friedman, the chairman of Horace Mann’s board, said in a letter that the school would work with the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to review school procedures, train faculty and staff members in identifying and reporting suspected abuse, and develop prevention programs for students. The school also pledged that all of its employees would undergo a “comprehensive background check”; in the past, such checks have been made only on new employees.

“As Horace Mann School parents, alumni and concerned community members, we as trustees are appalled and saddened by reports of abuse of children by certain past faculty members,” the letter said. “We feel pain and regret for anyone who reports to have been harmed while a student at Horace Mann School.”

The school’s response was prompted by an article in The New York Times Magazine in June that described the sexual abuse of students in the 1990s and earlier by teachers no longer living. More students have since come forward with accounts of abuse; a former teacher has acknowledged having sex with students before he retired in 1986.

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