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October 6, 2013

Campus secrets resurface

It's been a year of confronting old allegations of student abuse for the Brooks School community


Meanwhile, school officials have stressed in their recent email to the Brooks community their interest in continuing to address allegations of student abuse at the hands of staff, both past and present.

“Although these matters occurred long ago and there are numerous policies and procedures in place today to protect student safety, the current Brooks administration has redoubled its efforts to ensure that this kind of behavior does not happen again,” Packard and Booth wrote.

“During the last nine months, the school has conducted a thorough review of policies, procedures, and professional development related to student safety. A faculty meeting in early April centered on better understanding boundaries while maintaining positive student-teacher relationships that are at the heart of a Brooks education,” the officials said.

“This work will continue. In addition, work is ongoing on an employee code of conduct, which we will share with the school’s employees later this fall. The goal of this process will be to make more explicit what is expected of adults in this community, while emphasizing ways in which we might build upon the strong relationships that have been an essential element of the Brooks experience for generations.”

Packard and Booth also noted they were “encouraged by the willingness of all our constituencies to engage the school in frank and open discussions about such troubling matters from the past, and we hope that you remain willing to do so.”

School officials apparently don’t share the same willingness in their dealings with the general public.

“Sadly, Brooks is in the news again,” Brooks library director Ann Massoth wrote in a recent email.

“As such, it is certainly possible that a reporter could come to the library to try to access our yearbooks. Do not allow anyone from outside the Brooks community to see the yearbooks. If you have any doubts as to who a person is DO NOT give them access.”




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