"A top administrator [Steven Andersen] at Brooklyn's Poly Prep Country Day School took students to Cuba on a personal vacation on the school dime - [allegedly] exposing the kids to prostitutes and plying them with booze, a school employee [Lisa Della Pietra] claims in a lawsuit alleging widespread misconduct." - Lia Eustachewich and Yaron Steinbuch, the New York Post, May 29, 2015. Here is the article.
If the allegations are proved to be true, this will be the second time in a short time Poly Prep has been in the soup. As the New York Post also reports:
"In February 2014, Poly Prep apologized for decades of sexual abuse by [football coach Philip] Foglietta, who had allegedly groped and raped boys during his tenure at Poly from 1966 to 1991. He died in 1998."
In her lawsuit, Lisa Della Pietra contends that Steven Anderson, her immediate boss, retaliated after she reported his alleged misconduct to school headmaster, David Harman. In addition to the alleged antics during the trip, Della Pietra also claims Andersen used his job title to shake loose money from vendors and gifts from parents.
Prep schools provide starter networks for the next generation of professional successes. Also they are the platforms for filtering their student body into elite colleges. With so much as stake, the constituencies, ranging from the leadership to the parents, are reluctant to rock the boat. The mindset is: Get the kid off to a good start. Overlook everything else.
When the boat is rocked, that ensures it will be a major story. Of course, the story within the story is what will happen to the whistleblower's career. The world is wondering the same thing about what's next professionally for Silicon Valley "troublemaker" Ellen Pao. In an interview, at the Code Conference, she admitted that when it became known she was suing her former employer, Kleiner Perkins, she had a hard time finding another job.