Scandals at boarding schools are an inevitable result when you mix wealth, power, privilege, and centuries-old legacies. Some of them can be laughed off, like the elite prep school that had to expel over a dozen students for trying (and failing) to start a cocaine ring, or the laughably inept attempt at cheating that some LA prep school students tried.
But others, like the trial of a Harvard-bound preparatory school student for sexual assault, aren't anything funny. Some of the most famous and high-ranking boarding schools in the country have dealt with everything from child porn to systemic abuse to murder. Most of the time the school's reputation comes out intact, even if they have to issue apologies or some settlement money. What are the biggest boarding school scandals ever?Thankfully, all of these have come to light, and led to prison terms for many perpetrators - or at least expulsion. But one wonders what else is going on behind the hallowed and secretive walls of America's elite prep schools. Read on to learn more about the prep school scandals that have plagued these US schools, their students, and teachers.
St. George's School Sex Abuse History
In January 2016, former students from Rhode Island's prestigious St. George's School held a press conference to discuss abuse they suffered at the hands of school officials in the 1970s and '80s. Allegations ranged from disseminating naked pictures of underage students to rape, mostly at the hands of Al Gibbs, a former athletic trainer at the school. In all 40 men and women came forward about the abuse they suffered.The school responded to the allegations with an apology, admitting that they could have done more and that their unwillingness to act caused further harm. Although they only recognized 26 "credible first-hand accounts" of abuse. They said, "We recognize the long-lasting impact of sexual abuse and are dedicated to working with survivors to aid them in healing from its painful aftermath."
St. Paul's School Senior Salute
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