Obviously we must end Celibacy at Choate and other private schools…

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Obviously we must end Celibacy at Choate and other private schools...

,to pre­vent stuff like this from hap­pen­ing.

Choate, in Walling­ford, Conn., is a blue-​blooded school whose alumni include Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy and his brother Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. It is the lat­est in a string of pres­ti­gious pri­vate acad­e­mies that have faced accu­sa­tions of sex­ual abuse by fac­ulty mem­bers, includ­ing St. George’s School, in Rhode Island, and Horace Mann and Poly Prep in New York City.

“They are closed sys­tems, espe­cially res­i­den­tial pri­vate schools where kids are sep­a­rated from their par­ents,” said Paul Mones, a lawyer who rep­re­sents vic­tims of sex­ual abuse. “It’s not like a pub­lic school, with peo­ple com­ing in and out all the time. There are many more oppor­tu­ni­ties for teach­ers to do this.”

You mean this is sys­tem­atic? Well in that case the press must have been all over it eh?

Choate said it had been com­pelled to exam­ine this ugly his­tory in 2013, after two alumni alerted the school to sex­ual mis­con­duct they had expe­ri­enced as stu­dents, the report said. In 2016, The Boston Globe pub­lished an arti­cle that described abuse at the school, and shortly there­after, Choate announced that it had appointed an inves­ti­ga­tor from the law firm Cov­ing­ton & Burling.

The Globe pub­lished only one arti­cle? You mean to say they didn’t have a long series about con­tin­ual abuse at these and other schools, deep ques­tion­ing of the var­i­ous author­i­ties in charge of those elite schools? That’s can’t be, obvi­ously they would have pushed these sto­ries onto a national stage to talk about the pat­tern of behav­ior at schools like these and demand author­i­ties act on them. They would have had repeated in-​depth inter­views with sur­vivors and encour­aged asso­ci­a­tions to be formed for peo­ple abused in the pri­vate elite school sys­tems. And even after the var­i­ous schools took con­crete steps and revamped these sys­tem they would have per­sisted in shin­ing a crit­i­cal eye on them for decades.

For years, the school kept alle­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct from get­ting out, accord­ing to the report. “Sex­ual mis­con­duct mat­ters were han­dled inter­nally and qui­etly,” it said. “Even when a teacher was ter­mi­nated or resigned in the mid­dle of the school year because he or she had engaged in sex­ual mis­con­duct with a stu­dent, the rest of the fac­ulty was told lit­tle and some­times noth­ing about the teacher’s depar­ture and, when told, was cau­tioned to say noth­ing about the sit­u­a­tion if asked.”

And yet we are only see­ing the odd arti­cle in the Times and the Globe, this sim­ply can’t be. I mean we’re talk­ing Pulitzer prize stuff here. Why don’t you know this topic has to be dis­cussed to the point where every pri­vate school is sus­pect, par­tic­u­larly if peo­ple are pay­ing fifty grand to go to places like this? It’s got every­thing to sell a long series of sto­ries, money, sex, coverups, the pow­er­ful tak­ing advan­tage of the pow­er­less, this should be a story that’s been on everyone’s radar for years. Yet it’s almost as obscure as the ram­pant abuse by UN peace keep­ers around the world.

I can’t fig­ure out why the MSM doesn’t con­sider this story big­ger. Why wasn’t Rolling Stone bang­ing on the door and sen­a­tors in Con­gress mak­ing speeches about it? What’s the miss­ing ele­ment that keeps this from being news­wor­thy enough for national coverage?

Any­body?

,,,to prevent stuff like this from happening.

Choate, in Wallingford, Conn., is a blue-blooded school whose alumni include President John F. Kennedy and his brother Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. It is the latest in a string of prestigious private academies that have faced accusations of sexual abuse by faculty members, including St. George’s School, in Rhode Island, and Horace Mann and Poly Prep in New York City.

“They are closed systems, especially residential private schools where kids are separated from their parents,” said Paul Mones, a lawyer who represents victims of sexual abuse. “It’s not like a public school, with people coming in and out all the time. There are many more opportunities for teachers to do this.”

You mean this is systematic?   Well in that case the press must have been all over it eh?

Choate said it had been compelled to examine this ugly history in 2013, after two alumni alerted the school to sexual misconduct they had experienced as students, the report said. In 2016, The Boston Globe published an article that described abuse at the school, and shortly thereafter, Choate announced that it had appointed an investigator from the law firm Covington & Burling.

The Globe published only one article?  You mean to say they didn’t have a long series about continual abuse at these and other schools, deep questioning of the various authorities in charge of those elite schools?  That’s can’t be, obviously they would have pushed these stories onto a national stage to talk about the pattern of behavior at schools like these and demand authorities act on them.  They would have had repeated in-depth interviews with survivors and encouraged associations to be formed for people abused in the private elite school systems.  And even after the various schools took concrete steps and  revamped these system they would have persisted in shining a critical eye on them for decades.

For years, the school kept allegations of sexual misconduct from getting out, according to the report. “Sexual misconduct matters were handled internally and quietly,” it said. “Even when a teacher was terminated or resigned in the middle of the school year because he or she had engaged in sexual misconduct with a student, the rest of the faculty was told little and sometimes nothing about the teacher’s departure and, when told, was cautioned to say nothing about the situation if asked.”

And yet we are only seeing the odd article in the Times and the Globe, this simply can’t be.  I mean we’re talking Pulitzer prize stuff here.  Why don’t you know this topic has to be discussed to the point where every private school is suspect, particularly if people are paying fifty grand to go to places like this?  It’s got everything to sell a long series of stories, money, sex, coverups, the powerful taking advantage of the powerless, this should be a story that’s been on everyone’s radar for years.  Yet it’s almost as obscure as the rampant abuse by UN peace keepers around the world.

I can’t figure out why the MSM doesn’t consider this story bigger.  Why wasn’t Rolling Stone banging on the door and senators in Congress making speeches about it?  What’s the missing element that keeps this from being newsworthy enough for national coverage?

Anybody?