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January 4, 2016

A Coming Out Story Which Almost Did Not Happen “My Manhood Still Intact”

                                                                     


 A Coming Out That Almost Did Not Happen but this story
will forever be remember as the coming out story of the year for a  18 year old  young Valedictorian.  








October 3, 2015

Mass Shootings in the U.S. [[Interactive Graph on shootings]]



                                                                   

Obama expressed frustrations with American gun laws in a press conference on the Oregon community college shooting. He said "we know states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths." The visualization below echoes this sentiment using data from The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the CDC to show Gun Laws vs. Gun Deaths.


August 19, 2015

Rape in ‘God and Country’ Most Prestigious School “ST.Paul’s”



                             'Trying to be number one' ... Owen Labrie.
                                         Trying to be number one' ... Owen Labrie. Photo: Supplied

Matthew Cuenca-Daigle, whose husband is a Foreign Service officer, at their home in Alexandria, Va. They did not move to China because Mr. Cuenca-Daigle was unlikely to get a long-term visa there.

Labrie was “trying to be number one," he acknowledged to police.   
This week, Labrie will stand trial for several felonies, including sexual assault and use of a computer to lure the girl to him, the Concord Monitor reported. But the case is also expected to cast a harsh light on the campus culture at St Paul's, where, according to an affidavit cited by the Monitor, administrators have been combating a culture of "sexual scoring."
Labrie, now 19, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has repeatedly told police that he did not have sex with the alleged victim.

According to the affidavit obtained by the Monitor, Labrie sent the freshman girl a "senior salute" e-mail asking her to "hook up" with him four days before graduation. She initially declined, but then agreed on the understanding that "hook up" referred to kissing. Two days later, on May 30, 2014, Labrie allegedly took the girl to the top of the school's maths and science building.
They kissed, then Labrie allegedly began to pull off her underwear. She resisted several times and twice told him “no," according to the affidavit.

The sexual assault nurse examiner at Concord Hospital found that the alleged victim had "a laceration that would be consistent with penetration having occurred," the Monitor reported.
In an interview with police, Labrie denied having sex with the girl. According to the AP, he told police that the freshman girl had wanted to have sex, but he had a moment of “divine inspiration" and stopped.

Labrie said that he tried to encourage other students not to engage in "Senior Salute". As a prefect in his dorm, he had received training in statutory rape laws and consensual sex.
"The school has to put its foot down on this culture," Labrie said, according to the affidavit. “It's not healthy."

Labrie graduated two days later, at a ceremony where he was honoured with the Rector's Award for "selfless devotion to school activities," the AP reported. He was due to attend Harvard University, where he planned to study religion, but did not enroll in the northern autumn.
News of the charges, filed last summer, has prompted some soul searching at St Paul's. In a letter to parents in July 2014, Rector Michael Hirschfeld called the allegations disturbing, according to the Boston Globe.

"I am determined to learn if this alleged violation is an aberration or represents a broader issue," Mr Hirschfeld wrote. “This is as much a question about the nature and quality of relationships our students have with one another as it is about upholding basic standards of respect."

The highly selective boarding school, once attended by chief executives, writers, ambassadors, half a dozen members of Congress and Secretary of State John Kerry, is a member of the Eight Schools Association - a sort of “Ivy League for prep schools," the AP said.

A year on the lush, 800-hectare campus, studded with imposing stone Gothic buildings, pristine athletic facilities, an observatory and a pond, costs $US55,895 ($75,735) - more than tuition, room and board at many colleges.

                                                                         
                                                
 But the case suggests that the issue of campus sexual assault, which has touched off controversy at so many colleges in the past few years, might also exist at the prep schools that feed into them.
"I'm not surprised by it, to be honest,'' 1996 alumnus Shamus Khan told the Globe in 2014. "But I wouldn't be that surprised by it at any college or high school."
The Columbia University sociology professor wrote Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St Paul’s School about his alma mater.

When Labrie's trial begins this week, prosecutors are expected to call several witnesses to testify about the sexual culture at St Paul's. The jury will also make a visit to the school, according to the Concord Monitor.

One current student told the Globe that the school's sexual culture was "really casual," and that the "senior salute" was a way for graduating students to connect with classmates they'd always liked.
But in an email to the Boston Globe, 2011 alumna Carolyn Forrester wrote that many details of the case seemed like “business as usual" for the campus culture.

“This incident felt both out of the blue and like it had been waiting to happen for a long time," she wrote.

Sarah Kaplan


 The Washington Post

October 23, 2013

Nevada School Shooter Might Have Been Bullied



SPARKS, Nev. – He was dressed like any other student at Sparks Middle School: standard khaki pants and a Sparks sweatshirt. He was tall for a middle schooler, with dark, spiked hair, and in his hand early Monday was a Ruger 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun.
The boy pointed the gun at about 30 terrified students huddled in a corner near an outdoor school basketball court. He locked eyes with eighth-grader Omar Lopez, who was nearby.
"You guys ruined my life, so I’m going to ruin yours," the boy told the group, according to Omar.
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The gunman fired – not at the students but at a window, shattering the glass with two quick shots, witnesses said. He moved on, but he had already shot and killed a popular math teacher and wounded a student.
The boy then wounded another student before he shot fatally himself in the head, police said.
A day later, students, parents and police were struggling to comprehend the motives of the shooter, whom police declined to identify. The boy apparently believed he had been bullied or taunted, according to students interviewed, but police said they could not confirm that.
When he said his life had been ruined, Omar said, "He looked like he was going to cry. He said it in an angry and crying voice."
Four students interviewed by The Times described a harrowing scene as they joined others seeking safety from gunshots outside the school building. The gunman ordered everyone to be quiet, they said.
"He aims the gun at us and says, 'You guys talking, you guys talking,'" said Antonio Ochoa, an eighth-grader.
Several students shouted "No, no, we’re not talking. We’re being quiet," Antonio said.
The students were trapped; they could not escape without crossing in front of the pointed gun.
"I was like, 'Please, don't,'" said Adrian Aguilera, an eighth-grader.
"I thought he was going to kill me," Omar recalled. "Because when he said, 'I’ll ruin yours,' in my mind that ran through my head and I thought, oh, by ruining my life he was just going to kill me."
Moments earlier, Antonio was 10 to 20 feet from the gunman when Michael Landsberry, a math teacher some students had nicknamed "Batman" for his love of the comic book character, raised his hands and tried to block the shooter's path.
"Mr. Landsberry, he came running up to the kid and he said, 'Put the gun down.' And by then I started running, and behind me I heard another shot."
Mike Mieras, chief of police at the Washoe County School District, told reporters Tuesday that Landsberry was shot in the chest after one student had been shot and wounded.
"Mr. Landsberry calmly walked toward the shooter, putting his hands up in a motion to try to stop the individual’s actions," Mieras said. "Mr. Landsberry’s heroic actions, by stepping toward the shooter, allowed time for other students on that playground area to flee."
Landsberry had served in the Marine Corps and was a Nevada National Guardsman.
"A person like Mr. Landsberry cannot be replaced," school Supt. Pedro Martinez said. "He was a beloved teacher and father, a great role model, and an even better person. He will not be forgotten. He is truly a hero.”
Martinez added: "This is the action of one student. Let’s not forget it’s a tragedy for that family as well."
Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller said police were withholding the shooter’s identity "out of respect" for his family, which has cooperated with police.
Police said that the crime scene had expanded to include the shooter’s home and that there was a possibility his parents could face charges relating to the weapon.
Police emphasized that all shots fired Monday were outside the school and that the gunman never went inside. They said police officers did not fire their weapons.
Miller declined to answer questions about possible bullying of the shooter and said police did not know whether specific students were targeted.
"Everybody wants to know why. That's the big question," Miller said. "The answer is, we don’t know right now. We are proactively trying to determine why."
melanie.mason@latimes.com
david.zucchino@latimes.com
Mason reported from Nevada and Zucchino from North Carolina. Times staff writer Ari Bloomekatz in Los Angeles contributed to this report. 
pic: Getty

April 11, 2013

Student on Stabbing Spree With 14 Wanted To Cut Faces and Wear Them



Dylan Quick
 
This booking photo of Dylan Quick was released by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston. Quick is accused of stabbing 14 people at Lone Star College CyFair, north of Houston, on Tuesday.(Harris County Sheriff's Office

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas student who went on a stabbing spree at his college earlier this week told investigators that he fantasized about cutting off people's faces and wearing them as masks since he was 8 years old, according to a search warrant filed Thursday with the Harris County District Clerk.
Investigators found a mask inspired by the fictional killer Hannibal Lecter and an animal dissection kit, along with books called "Hit List" and "Hitman" at the home of Dylan Quick, 20.

Quick, who is being held in a solitary Harris County jail cell with no bond and is undergoing a psychological evaluation, told police he had also fantasized about cannibalism and had sexual fantasies about corpses. Quick had researched mass stabbings on the Internet and had been preparing for the mass stabbing by sharpening hair brushes and pencils to use as weapons, according to the search warrant.

Among the other items seized from Quick's home in Northwest Houston were a video camera and a laptop.

Quick did not appear in court as scheduled Thursday morning, as his attorney waived the hearing on probable cause, Harris County District Attorney Spokesperson Sara Kinney said.

Quick was arrested shortly after several students tackled him during the attacks Tuesday that injured 14 people at a Northwest Houston campus of the Lone Star College System. During the attacks, he ran through the hallways of a building stabbing and cutting students.

Quick, who was born deaf and received a cochlear implant, was the subject of a profile on the college's website earlier this month.

He was profiled on the blog for his participation in youth activities at a county library on campus as a teen and his subsequent transition as a student at the college. The blog has since been removed.

He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault. One victim remained in the hospital Thursday afternoon and was listed in good condition, according to Alex Rodriguez, the communications director of Memorial Hermann hospital. The other victims had all been treated and released.

Tebben Lewis of the Harris County Sheriff's Office said Quick has been separated from the rest of the population in the jail and is in a cell by himself.

Quick, who is in the mental health unit of the jail, will be held in jail without bond until his next court date, which has not been set, Kinney said.

Quick's attorney, Jules Laird, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan, Greg McCune and Bernard Orr)


December 16, 2012

The Mass Shooting Sequence of Events


Map of area surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed at least 26 people, 20 of them small children


'Everyone just assumed he was a smart kid and that’s why he didn’t like talking to people all the time,' Peter Lalli, 20, who graduated with Lanza in 2010, told the New York Daily News. 'He hung out with the smart crowd.'
Another former classmate said Adam has been 'a weird kid since we were five years old.'
Tim Dalton wrote on Twitter: 'As horrible as this was, I can't say I am surprised.... Burn in hell, Adam.'
Quoting a 'family insider,' the New York Daily News reported that Adam was a 'deeply disturbed kid' who 'certainly had major issues' and was 'subject to outbursts.'
Lanza's aunt, Marsha Lanza, said her nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it.
The Crystal Lake, Illinois resident told the Associated Press she was close with Adam Lanza's mother and sent her a Facebook message Friday morning asking how she was doing. Nancy Lanza never responded.
Marsha Lanza described Nancy Lanza as a good mother and kind-hearted. If her son had needed counseling, 'Nancy wasn't one to deny reality,' she said.
Marsha Lanza said her husband saw Adam as recently as June and recalled nothing out of the ordinary about him.
However, another relative to the family said that Adam Lanza was ‘obviously not well,’ adding that he often seemed troubled. They described Nancy as being rigid and at times, overbearing. 
His father, Peter Lanza, had divorced Nancy in 2008 because of ‘irreconcilable differences,’ and now lives in Stamford, Connecticut. A reporter for the Stamford Advocate broke the news to him that his son had allegedly shot and killed 26 people, including his ex-wife.
He works as the vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services, and lives with his new wife on a sprawling street glittered with multimillion-dollar homes. The couple apparently married in 2011.
One neighbor told MailOnline that her daughters had visited the house while trick or treating on Halloween, and that an older woman answered the door.
A man several houses down, who said he was friends with the couple, declined to give his name, saying only that they are 'great people' and 'my heart bleeds for them.'
Pia Conte, 47, who lives in the neighborhood and has two sons in their 20s, said Lanza and his girlfriend kept to themselves.
Ms Conte called the ordeal 'sad' for Lanza and his family, and suggested that the violence is a portion of a much larger situation.
'Guns are easy to point to, but it's really a mental health issue.'
Catherine Urso, who was attending a vigil Friday evening in Newtown said her college-age son knew the killer and remembered him for his alternative style.
'He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths,' she said.
 

Lanza 20, The School Killer } A Loner in School

Adam Lanza, a troubled 20-year-old loner with a history of autistic behavior, is the monster behind a horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school
                                                                                                                                      
Adam Lanza, a troubled 20-year-old loner with a history of autistic behavior, is the monster behind a horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school


A troubled 20-year-old loner with a history of autistic behavior is the monster behind a horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people, including 20 children, dead on Friday.
Adam Lanza shot his mother, Nancy, at the upscale suburban home they shared together and then took three of her guns and drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School about 9.30am.
He used two semi-automatic pistols, a Glock and Sig Sauer, and reportedly wiped out an entire classroom of young children, then shot several in a second class before taking his own life.
Witnesses say Lanza was going from room to room shooting people, after first killing the principal Dawn Hochsprung and the school psychologist Mary Sherlach execution-style when they confronted him in the hallway.
Parents who had not already been united with their children at the nearby fire station were told to assume the worst. One witness told WCBS: 'Police just told us everyone presumed missing is in the school and they are dead.'
Lanza used to be a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays.
A student in his tenth grade Honors English class recalled he was very quiet, very thin and carried a black briefcase to class, which stuck out when all the other kids carried backpacks.
He dressed more formally than other students, often wearing khaki pants, button-down shirts and at times, a pocket protector. Many recalled that he was highly intelligent.

 


December 14, 2012

ABC Posts Picture of 13 Yrs Old Gunman


ABC News has posted to its official Twitter account what is the first widely circulated photograph of suspected Newtown, Conn. gunman Adam Lanza. The photograph is from 2005, when the suspected gunman was 13 years old.
Lanza was 20 years old upon being found dead today in Sandy Hook Elementary School after allegedly going on a shooting spree that has left 20 school children and 7 adults dead.
Photo below, via ABC:

September 28, 2012

Is Liberal Arts Gone or is it More Important Today?



These are tough times for the liberal arts. This deepest of Western traditions, which extends to antiquity with the Greeks, continued through the medieval ages, blossomed again in the Renaissance, only to turn morbid and nearly die in the 20th century leave many Americans asking “Why?” and “What bread does it bake?” The liberal arts traditionally were the arts that made a man liberated, free, a citizen, capable of participating in civic life, public debate, and being an all around virtuous and wise person. But what does that mean to us, when we see the bottom line in terms of dollars? The anxiety for the U.S. to remain competitive in the world market when faced with China and other economical giants, and the discouragement of the Great Recession has led many universities and their students to reconsider why anybody should seek a liberal arts degree and what they should study.

Being “prepared for the world,” now means, “the world of business,” and life is in making a living. Research conducted by Buzz Marketing Group and the Young Entrepreneur Council, as reported by The Atlantic, found that 92 percent of students believed entrepreneurship education is vital to their success, but 56 percent of students lacked any access to such classes. Along the same lines, a study by the Junior Achievement Innovation Initiative and Gallup found that 95 to 96 percent of employers and employees believe entrepreneurial programs are needed to keep America competitive.

Some schools are catching on. Babson College has changed its program since Len Schlesinger has become president. Students are expected to be in class a mere 14 hours a week, and to spend 154 elsewhere, including setting up their own business. All freshmen are expected to work on teams to create new businesses.
With 1 out of 2 bachelor degree graduates under the age of 25 going jobless, it makes sense to reconsider the liberal arts degree. The world no longer wants intelligent, articulate, liberated, wise, well-rounded students. It wants canny dollar-earners who can handle the market and its increasing demands.

Students must seek council beyond the university. Professors tend to praise degrees beyond their use. When I was considering getting my masters in English Literature, I quizzed the department head at my university. He admitted that there were few job prospects for English Masters to become professors, but that the degree would have “Spiritual value.” It’s hard to afford degrees on those terms these days. The Starbucks I worked at when I had difficulty using my liberal arts degree put me in the company of such coworkers as two other English literature graduates, an art graduate, a theology graduate, a philosophy graduate, and also a couple business graduates. This is capitalism, boys and girls, and a degree in the liberal arts is a luxury, not an asset.

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September 27, 2012

These 21 Students Will Receive Upwards $47Keach and Legal Expenses Paid



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September 14, 2012

Sex, Lies and Misinformation at Schools

  
Some might argue that it's up to parents to teach their children about sex, but sex education is nothing new, and research shows that proper sex education actually delays teen sex. But according to a new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), many schools are teaching sex education courses that are severely outdated.
The NYCLU's survey of 82 schools found that students are learning gender stereotypes, biases and in some cases, flat out inaccuracies.
In the NYCLU's “Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York Students,” they examined the textbooks, lesson plans and supplements teachers used to educate 540,000 New York students about sex. Executive director Donna Lieberman summed up the findings in a conference call on Wednesday:
“Too much is missing. Too much is inaccurate. There are far too many stereotypes and far too much bias."
When it comes to AIDS education, for example, 44 percent of schools teaching it are using scientifically inaccurate information. According to blog Albany Watch, one district even showed students a diagram that illustrated the timeline of HIV leading to a death sentence. It included an arrow pointing at a tombstone that read "RIP."
Students were also egregiously misinformed about safe sex. While 80 percent of districts taught some information about condoms, only a third of them provided demonstrations, and some schools were teaching flat-out dangerous misinformation. They told students that condoms containing a certain type of spermicide could prevent the transmission of HIV.  But, in actuality, the spermicide they cited (which is still on the market) makes it easier for the HIV virus to spread. According to the report:
"But for more than a decade, Nonoxynol-9 has been known not to prevent transmission, and to possibly increase HIV transmission in women. Misinformation of this nature is both medically inaccurate and potentially dangerous."
Furthermore, in one school, students were advised to use condoms only if they were having sex with multiple partners.
With blunders like this, why teach sex-ed in the first place?
Less immediately dangerous but potentially harmful to social evolution and students' identity, the NYCLU also found that gender stereotypes were reinforced in much of the curricula. The materials included diagrams of male and female brains, illustrating that men almost exclusively think about sex while women are needy and jealous. While that may be a long-standing gender stereotype (and fodder for 90s standup material), it's generally untrue.
"Both the state guidance document and the national standards say high school student should learn about gender stereotypes and how stereotypes about gender roles can be limiting for men and women," the report reveals. Further, they add: "The national standards add that middle and high school students should learn about gender identity; gender expression; transgender people, sex stereotypes and gender non-conformity; and that biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation differ."
And that's another area where these schools have failed, and, I think it's safe to assume, schools across the nation are likely failing. There was relatively no information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For students questioning their sexuality or gender identity, sex-ed could be a very informative source of guidance. Unfortunately, there's nothing offered.
The report also found that there were moral overtones to a lot of this information, and in some instances, shame-based messages. In some cases, schools taught that sex is only appropriate within the context of marriage. One textbook read:
"Waiting until marriage to have sex preserves traditional marriage…Actions that preserve traditional marriage preserve the family."
So, basically, the message is: don't have sex before marriage or you're ruining your future family. 
To be honest, there's very little I remember from my junior high sex education, other than the giggling that ensued every time our uptight science teacher said the word "penis." And he knew we were giggling, too.  He didn't want to teach it any more than we wanted to hear him talk about it; we all just wanted to get the awkwardness over with. But the point is, perhaps it's time to take sex education a bit more seriously.
The NYCLU is recommending that the state Education Department update its sex education regulations. They want to make sex-ed more comprehensive.
“It’s shocking what passes for sex ed in some New York classrooms,” Assistant Advocacy Director Johanna Miller, a co-author of the report, said in a statement. “Rigorous, binding statewide standards are essential to fix these rampant failures.”
Dennis Tompkins, a spokesman for the Department of Education, added that the organization is reviewing the report.
 “Our goal is to make sure students get accurate, sound health information.”

By Kristin Wong


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August 17, 2012

Students Paying $10k to School Required to Remove pubics' from Instructors



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A lawsuit filed by former students and employees against Dahl's Beauty School alleges student were subjected to sexual harassment. (Credit: Google)
A lawsuit filed by former students and employees alleges a beauty school in Montana used federal dollars to enroll students in education programs with unqualified instructors that subjected the students to sexual harassment, including pubic waxing.
According to the lawsuit filed on Aug. 14,  students paid nearly $10,000 for instruction at Dahl’s College of Beauty in Great Falls and were subjected to instructors who were “sleeping, surfing the Internet, conducting business, failing to properly teach the curriculum, and improperly delegating their teaching and supervision duties to unqualified, unlicensed students.”
An individual who answered the phone at Dahl’s College of Beauty declined to comment to ABC News. And efforts to reach the individuals named in the suit were not immediately successful.
The lawsuit, which was filed at the United States District Court for the District of Montana, states, during the course of study, students were subjected to harassment by a instructor who was promoted to director.  The suit alleges the instructor’s unwelcomed conduct includes “publicly exposing her genitals, exposing her buttocks and requesting that students examine a boil to see if it could be extracted, and requiring students to wax her pubic hair.”
This story first appeared on Courthouse News.
The suit alleges that a student’s trimmers and wax stick was used to wax an instructor’s pubic hair, which was then used to give hair cuts to customers.
“None of this conduct was a legitimate part of the curriculum…,” the suit continues.
The students accuse the beauty school of deliberate indifference to the harassment by allegedly failing to correct or otherwise remedy the harassment,  failing to establish any complaint procedure whereby students could obtain redress for discriminatory behavior” and by “termininating the students in retaliation for complaining about the offending behavior.”
The lawsuit filed on behalf of 17 former students and employees allege breach of contract, wrongful discharge, and unjust enrichment.
The plaintiffs are seeking damages, including punitive damages, to be determined at trial and attorney fees and costs.


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August 7, 2012

Elite Sexual Accused Hor.Mann School to Be Helped by Non-Profit

Horace Mann School (credit: CBS 2)

A group affiliated with the leadership of the Horace Mann School is forming a nonprofit organization to help alumni who say they were victims of sexual abuse by teachers, a school board member said on Friday.
The nonprofit group will be called the Hilltop Cares Foundation, and it will be independent of the school’s administration and its board of trustees. The group seeks “to assist those affected by the issues arising from allegations of abuse at the Horace Mann School and to study related issues in the broader community,” the board member, Joe Rose, said in an e-mail. Mr. Rose is among the people forming the nonprofit organization, but he would not say who else was involved beyond that it was a “group of concerned community members.” Two people briefed on the formation of the group said it included several board members.
In June, an article in The New York Times Magazine exposed a pattern of sexual abuse of students by teachers in the 1990s and earlier, igniting a firestorm of emotion and reaction among alumni of the prestigious private school, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. One alumni Facebook page set up after the article has drawn more than 2,000 members. The abuse detailed in the magazine was perpetrated by teachers who are now dead. Since the article, however, some alumni have made allegations against teachers who have left the school but who are alive. One teacher admitted in an interview with The Times to having had sex with “two or three” of his students.
Some alumni groups have called on the school to pay for therapy and to offer compensation to the abuse victims. It was unclear on Friday how much money the nonprofit group would be given by its backers, or how that money would be spent.
A spokesman for Horace Mann said the school supported Mr. Rose’s initiative. “The board and the school applaud the establishment of such entities and will help disseminate information about how to make contributions or request help,” he said.
A group of survivors expressed mixed emotions. “We welcome any and all initiatives that individuals are willing to undertake on our behalf,” said a statement issued by Alan G. Ampolsk, an alumnus who is working with the abuse victims.
But the statement also made it clear that the effort would not satisfy their requests for an independent investigation and an apology from the school, among other things.
“We note that no individual act can substitute for action by the school itself,” the statement said. “We continue to ask that the Horace Mann School administration and board of trustees honor our request for an apology, compensation and an independent investigation.”
Some alumni have speculated that the school has been reluctant to set up its own fund because it does not want to admit wrongdoing and expose itself to liability, though most legal experts say that because of New York’s statutes of limitations, which require lawsuits be brought before a victim turns 23, any suit would be hard to win.

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