Investigation Finds That Over 64 Students Were Sexually Abused at New York’s Elite Horace Mann School

Trees bloom outside the Horace Mann School in the Bronx in 2013. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Lennihan / AP FILE)
Trees bloom outside the Horace Mann School in the Bronx in 2013. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Lennihan / AP FILE)

A probe commissioned by a group of alumni at New York’s elite Horace Mann School has found that more than 64 students were sexually abused by nearly two dozen faculty and staff between the 1960s and the 1990s — far more than an investigation by the district attorney identified.

The investigation, led by former judge and sex-crime prosecutor Leslie Crocker Snyder, said the abusers at the leafy campus in the Bronx included both men and women — and students were sometimes molested by more than one staffer. Although most of the victims were boys, the investigation identified several new female victims.

Snyder excoriated Horace Mann — where tuition tops $43,000 — for its handling of the abuse claims, both before they became public and after the scandal was blown open by a story in the New York Times Magazine in 2012, written by a former student.

“Between 1962 and 1996, more than 20 reports of sexual abuse were made by victims, their parents, teachers or witnesses to Horace Mann’s teachers, administrators or trustees. Incidents were reported across administrations and across decades,” the report says. “None of the reports was forwarded to law enforcement. In addition, [the] investigation does not indicate that the school ever shared a victim’s report with the victims’ parents. In most cases, the abusers were allowed to stay at the school for years or decades after the first incident was reported.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Tracy Connor

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