Emma Willard School scandal continues to produce more information


TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – As a local boarding school is trying to own up to a dark past, alumnae say administration is still not doing enough.

The all-girls Emma Willard School just released this update to its April report on sexual misconduct, which corrects and reveals new accounts of abuse.

“It is generating more questions than it is answering,” said Kimberly Jones, 1984 graduate.

Kimberly Jones doesn’t see much of a difference in a new report from her alma mater.

“I don’t know of too many women who told their story who were perfectly satisfied,” Jones said.

The original report describes a long culture of faculty grooming young women going back the 1950s.

After it came out, many alumnae said it left out details or excluded certain accounts.

They also wanted the school to take more responsibility for what happened in the past.

The addendum reveals a new account, an anonymous report that an alumna and a female school administrator had a consensual relationship during the 2014-2015 school year, but it doesn’t say much more.

“Is this administrator still at the school? Was she disciplined?,” Jones said.

Jones says this just shows a lack of transparency once again.

“It does the current administration a disservice,” Jones said.

The school hired a group of child protection experts to write up these reports, instead. Jones says there needs to be an independent investigation altogether.

Alumnae like, Andrea Hanley agrees and said this isn’t helping the school in its goal to be more transparent.

“It’s exactly what’s needed in order to come clean,” Hanley said. “So that everybody has a shot at having their wonderful experience.”

“Seeing something that recent that’s implies that an administrator may still work there is concerning and it certainly is opposite of what the school is saying in their message about wanting to fix the culture and improve the policies,” Hanley said.

Alumnae say that’s the way their school can gain back trust. Until that time, they won’t stop voicing their concerns.

“We need that past to be addressed, as well as an acknowledgement to know that what happened was wrong.”

Emma Willard didn’t respond to me when asked about this female administrator’s status at the school.

School spokesperson didn’t provide an answer when asked whether the administrator in question is still employed by the school.

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