Historic Emma Willard School In Spotlight for Alleged Sexual Abuse
With over 200 years of history and numerous Hollywood blockbusters filmed on location, Troy's Emma Willard School is now in the news for something not so exciting.
Two former students have come forward alleging sexual abuse while attending the school. This has led to investigations within the school leading as far back as the 1970s and as recently as 1998.
In a letter sent out by Interim Head of School, Susan Groesbeck, she states that a former student had been sexually assaulted by a teacher in 1998. It's important to note that in '98, a teacher was fired after the school learned that the teacher had been involved with a student, as they put it, "that violated the school's boundaries of facult/student interaction." Now Groesbeck is saying that this didn't involve an underage student, so was this a separate incident?
Whatever the case, I think it's safe to say things have happened, more than once that shouldn't have. Covering the incidents up doesn't do anyone any good. The truth will always come out as it is now. Obviously, the reputation of the school locally and nationally is one that has been very highly respected and allegations such as these can be severely damaging which is why these stories try to be covered up in the first place. So, which is better: How the school deals with them in the original moment? Or how it feels to hear about events like this decades after the fact? Does it change your opinion of the school? Or is it no ones business?