Decades of sex abuse at elite all-girls boarding school

An elite all-girls boarding school in New York has released a report detailing nearly seven decades of sexual abuse and misconduct, with both male and female educators accused of engaging in improper relationships with students.

The 127-page report released Tuesday spans misconduct at the Emma Willard School in Troy from the late 1950s through the 2015-16 academic year, including instances of rape, sexual assault and harassment, as well as the “grooming” of young women for affairs.

Byron Shire News (USA)

Fresh sex abuse claims hit Scots military school

There were fresh calls last night to widen the Scottish government’s child abuse inquiry after a former pupil of a military boarding school in Dunblane claimed he was abused by a teacher.

It has emerged police launched an investigation after a victim broke decades of silence to reveal his abuse at the hands of a housemaster at Queen Victoria School (QVS) in the 1970s.

The Times

Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school ‘bribed teacher’s daughter to provide information that led to the arrest of whistleblower’

Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school is facing damaging new claims that it covered up allegations of abuse against students.

On Saturday The Telegraph exposed how the Ministry of Defence appeared to collude The Duke of York’s Royal Military School to stifle claims of bullying and abuse.

Kent Police launched a review into their alleged failure to investigate dozens of criminal allegations at the school, and at least one detective inspector has been disciplined.

The Telegraph

Ministry of Defence accused of attempting to cover up claims of abuse at top military boarding school

The Ministry of Defence is accused of colluding with Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school to cover up claims of abuse, The Telegraph can disclose.

Kent Police has now launched a review into their alleged failure to investigate dozens of criminal allegations at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, and at least one detective inspector has been disciplined.

The force has set up a dedicated team to review claims about the school, which is seen as a breeding ground for future army leaders and boasts His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, as a patron.

The boarding school near Dover, which has enjoyed visits from Prince Harry and the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, is listed on police records as the location for 38 crime reports over the last two decades.

The Telegraph

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Celeb boarding school Bedales gave sex abuse suspect a teaching reference

A famous boarding school whose alumni include Sophie Dahl and Lily Allen has apologised for providing a former teacher with an employment reference despite them being suspected of sexual abuse.

Bedales also apologised for allowing the teacher in question to continue working at the Hampshire school in the immediate aftermath of the allegations and not contacting the police straight away.

IBTimes

Sixth man charged with assaults at former boys boarding school in Cumbria

A sixth man has been charged with assaults at a former boarding school for boys.

The alleged historical offences are said to have taken place at Underley Hall School in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Derrick William Cooper, 76, of Hillberry Green, Isle of Man, has been charged with six offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two offences of child cruelty, a Cumbria Police spokesman said.

The force said the charges were part of its Operation Tweed investigation – launched in July 2014 – into reports of non-recent abuse in residential schools in the south of the county.

ITV News

BBC News

Rowing coach jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing 10 boys becomes SIXTH teacher at St Paul’s private schools to be convicted or banned

  • Patrick Marshall is said to have been the head of a ‘clique’ of boys he groomed
  • He was convicted of 25 offences which took place between 1969 and 1981
  • His conviction follows the conviction of five other former teachers at school
  • Another teacher was banned over his behaviour towards a young girl

A former rowing coach has become the fifth member of staff from a top private school to be convicted of child sex offences.

Patrick Marshall, who once taught at the £35,000-per-year St Paul’s School, was found guilty of 24 counts of indecent assault against nine boys and teenagers, and one count of indecency with a child at Southwark Crown Court. He was jailed for 18 years.

The married father-of-three, 70, is the third St Paul’s teacher to be convicted in Operation Winthorpe – the Metropolitan Police investigation into historical sexual abuse at the school. Two others have been convicted under separate investigations.

Daily Mail

Evening Standard (London)

The Times (subscription)

And alleged boarding school abuses in Ireland continue…

Seemingly another alleged child protection failure at a boarding school?

Gardaí are at an “advanced stage” in the investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a boy at a prestigious boarding school but it is “highly unlikely” any criminal charges will be brought in relation to the incident.

A 13-year-old pupil was allegedly sexually assaulted with a hockey stick by other boys in the dormitory at King’s Hospital school in Palmerstown, Dublin, in November.
Senior sources have revealed that eight boys and the alleged victim have all been interviewed by specialist officers.

But it appears there is no prospect of the case going to court and it is being treated as a instance of “bullying” rather than sexual assault.
All the boys against whom the accusations were made were initially suspended when the allegations first came to light in November.

But the eight are all now back in school.

The Independent (IRL)

Elite boarding schools ‘cavalier’ about child abuse

More than 35 public [fee-charging boarding] schools have been embroiled in sex abuse allegations in the past three years amid claims that the private sector has been adopting a “cavalier” attitude to the problem in order to ­protect its reputation.

An investigation by The Sunday Times has also found:

Suspect teachers have been allowed to leave and been given refer­ences helping them to teach elsewhere rather than face investigation

Schools have been refusing to tell parents or pupils that an investigation is under way because of “confidentiality”

Schools have demanded gagging clauses in compensation settle­ments to prevent damage to their reputations.

The Sunday Times (paywall)