The latest development again focuses on alleged stealth sexual activities at St. Paul's. Last Friday, reports the New York Post, a lawsuit had been filed in federal court.
" [It] claims officials at St. Paul's School failed to report the sexual assault of a freshman during the 2012-13 school year. The student said she was forced to leave the school following bullying and retaliation."
In addition, last January the school finally resolved the situation with the former student who had claimed she was not protected from sexual misconduct. That goes back to the infamous case of Owen Labrie which made global headlines. The name of the victim is now public - Chessy Prout. She and St. Paul's reached a settlement.
Now he is a registered sex offender. Although some perceived Prout's case against him as a she said/he said, he had been convicted. Later the gossip media such as Vanity Fair reported that the victim, who was blamed for ruining Labrie's future, was being shunned back at St. Paul's.
Another black mark on the St. Paul's brand are the complaints of two alumni going back to the 1970s. They contend they were sexually exploited by faculty members.
Those of us who had attended academic institutions housed in isolated rural areas remember the stealth sexual undertow. Without cars, students had little to do for recreation, at least in those days prior to the internet. When administration, faculty, and fellow students reached out sexually, that was often welcome as a distraction.
Back then, it was also a perk for professors to romantically pursue students, even ones they were teaching or advising. Like Shakespeare's comedies, some culminated in marriages.
At Seton Hill, based in woody Western Pennsylvania, Sally Spahn married Dick Mennen, who had directed her performance in a play.
Lolly Orze married the philosophy professor Dennis Connolly.
And, after the chaplain at that Roman Catholic college - Christopher Fullman - left the priesthood, he and the student president Sally Conroy married.
Today, of course, those things aren't supposed to happen. They are classified as resulting from unequal power.
Not being a conventionally pretty female, I missed out on all that excitement.
Of course, St. Paul's requires reputation restoration. However, enrollment likely will not be negatively affected. Brandname prep schools remain feeder pools for the next generation of leadership in business, law, and politics.
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