Pols call for new solution to abuse at private schools
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By Sarina Trangle
The school also urged anyone with pertinent information to contact the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, which set up a hot line that takes anonymous reports about misconduct in schools after The New York Times published its original story.
The article, “Prep-School Predators,” included former students’ recollections of suffering sexual abuse at the hands of three now-deceased educators: assistant football coach and art professor Mark Wright, ancient history teacher Stanley Kops and the arts and music department head Johannes Somary, who lived in Riverdale.
Dr. Kelly did not return calls for comment.
Riverdale Country School, which dismissed a math teacher last spring when rumors surfaced that he performed oral sex on a female student, currently fingerprints day care, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten staff, as required by the Department of Education. Head of School Dominic Randolph said he would have no issue expanding that hiring procedure to other school staff.
“Outside of that parameter, no one else is required to be fingerprinted nor do we do it. However, we would have no problem fingerprinting all new employees if that was required by law,” Mr. Randolph said in a statement.
A previous version of this story incorrectly said a letter from Dr. Kelly urged parents and alumni not to speak with the press.