Former Brunswick student reports sexual abuse by former faculty member

In what Brunswick School called a “disturbing” discovery, the school announced Tuesday that a middle school student who attended Brunswick in the 1980s claimed to have been sexually abused by an individual who was a member of the faculty at that time.

In a letter posted on the school’s website from Headmaster Thomas Philip and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Sanjeev Mehra, the school told the Brunswick community that it has “always sought to practice and provide all that is good in the education and nurture of young men,”  but that they had failed with the student who came forward. Although the alumnus clarified that the alleged abuse did not occur on school grounds, the school said it was important to bring the incident to the community’s attention because it involved a former student and former faculty member.

While the faculty member left Brunswick nearly 30 years ago, the school said it took immediate action to alert authorities of the accusation and has also hired investigation agency Kroll Associates and independent law firm Day Pitney to conduct an inquiry on the matter.

The school also reassured the community that they have measures in place to prevent incidents of this nature.

“Several years ago, Brunswick School took several important steps to protect our current students from such potential threats,” the school stated in the letter. “Protections such as detailed and extensive faculty and staff training procedures including annual training by the state of Connecticut Department of Children and Families legal counsel, regular background checks for faculty and staff and a clearly articulated mandatory reporting process are all in place.”

The school also vowed to do everything in its power to protect its students and to support other former students who may have been victims of abuse, telling the community it was  “pained that anything or anyone associated with the school may have resulted in such a terrible act.”

Brunswick is asking any former students who were victims of abuse to contact Leslie Andersen, Director of Parent and Student Counseling Services, for support. She may be reached at [email protected] or at 203.625.5800 x 7033.

Additionally, anyone with information that may aid the school’s inquiry into the incident may contact Mr. Philip at [email protected]

 

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