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Survivors' Response to Horace Mann's Apology

Survivors’ Response to Horace Mann's Apology 
Posted on May 24, 2013 
Nearly a year has passed since the New York Times described how our trusted mentors at Horace Mann sexually abused us over a period of decades. In June 2012 we wrote to the Board of Trustees asking for an independent investigation, an apology, and the resignation of Trustees who covered up the abuse. Unlike other schools which have quickly done these things after similar revelations, Horace Mann has waited a year before responding to these requests. Now, at last, we have at least a partial reply.

NY TIMES: Horace Mann Issues Apology But Refuses Outside Inquiry

Horace Mann Issues Apology but Refuses Outside Inquiry By VIVIAN YEE
Horace Mann, the elite Bronx private school, said on Friday that it would not commission an independent investigation into allegations of widespread sexual abuse there over several decades, even as it issued a public apology to victims. In a letter posted on the school’s Web site, Horace Mann also said it would eliminate the board position of trustee emeritus, effectively removing remaining board members who served as trustees when the abuses were first reported. The school will establish an advisory board on student safety, allowing outside experts as well as at least one victim to make policy recommendations to the board.

Horace Mann Apologizes

Bronx, New York 10471
Dear Friends:
On June 6, 2012, with the publication of "Prep-School Predators" in The New York Times Magazine, Horace Mann School was confronted with reports of sexual abuse at our school from the 1960s to the 1990s. Alumni and others, via social media and elsewhere, shared reactions concerning what was alleged to have transpired, offered suggestions regarding how the School should respond, and made additional reports of abuse. The School's Board of Trustees and Head of School have listened to what was said and read what was shared with great empathy, and carefully considered how best to proceed.

Attorney Samuel W. Buell: The Blaming Function of Entity Criminal Liability

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I know her [Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder] by reputation and from people who worked with her. Was considered an excellent, tough, no-nonsense, smart judge, former prosecutor.

Judge Snyder Asks for Help Investigating Child Abuse at Horace Mann

To the Horace Mann community,
I need your help in investigating the systemic problems that allowed dozens of students to be abused at Horace Mann during the last forty years. A group of concerned Horace Mann alumni have commissioned me to investigate these problems, and to make public recommendations to ensure that abuse on this scale never happens again. If you have information you’d like to share, please contact me at or call (347) 850-SAFE. All information will be kept confidential.

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