Horace Mann apologizes for sexual abuse of students

Posted at 12:26 PM, May 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-25 12:27:26-04

An apology and an acknowledgment of abuse.

It’s been nearly a year since allegations of decades of abuse at elite Bronx school Horace Mann first came to light in a New York Times report.

A letter posted on the schools website with just apologies and praise for the victims who have come forward.

“We sincerely apologize for the harm that was caused by the teachers and administrators who abused anyone during their years at Horace Mann School. These unconscionable betrayals of trust should never have happened. But they did, and we as a school must fully accept this reality,” the letter stated.

The letter also says the school is working with the Bronx DA’s office and has revised policies specific to child abuse prevention. The DA said through hotlines and tips it had received information about 12 alleged abusers in its investigation.

According to the DA, the first reported instance of abuse was in the early 60’s, the latest in the late 1990’s.

In the letter — signed by the head of the school and the board of trustees — it also states that many settlements have been reached with the victims. It is also eliminating the board of trustee emeritus position.

It letter also states, “Members of the Horace Mann School community who are survivors deserve our gratitude for having the courage to come forward.”