17 July 2012
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
To the editor:
In private communication with more than two thousand Horace Mann School alumni, we have learned of many more instances of sexual abuse by past teachers. We are shocked by their sheer brutality and number. The school has not acknowledged the truth of the abuses, but we can. We call for an independent, thorough investigation.
We have urged the school to apologize to our classmates who were abused and we are appalled that those school trustees who were aware of abuses at the time and ignored them, as recorded in the New York Times, have not resigned. We have demanded their removal.
Justice and healing can begin with accountability, transparency and truth.
[This letter was signed by Horace Mann alumni from the classes of 1959 through 2007. View the list of names here.]