According to The New York Times, numerous accusations against several faculty members at The Thacher School for sexually abusing students.
The accusations against Thacher faculty, highlighted by The New York Times, is extensive:
The report named six former faculty members. The students interviewed by investigators claim their complaints made to the school and administrators were met with shame and indifference. The chair of the Thacher board of trustees stated it is clear the board, faculty, and administration failed to protect the students in the report.
The Thacher School has apologized for previous sexual abuse. No charges have been filed as the investigation is underway to determine which cases are within the statute of limitations.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, an experienced sexual assault attorney, licensed in California, has worked with numerous victims sexually abused by a school employee in civil lawsuits. Below, we asked Bobby to share his legal insight on the options of victims abused sexually at school.
"Administrations have a legal duty to uphold the safety of enrolled students and do their best to provide a safe learning environment. Sadly, across the country, many cases of teacher sexual assault have surfaced. Unfortunately, sexual predators seek out positions of authority over students to gain power and students' trust to abuse them sexually. Schools and administrations should run background checks to ensure the faculty being hired are trustworthy and qualified. Additionally, schools should implement safeguards, such as cameras, guards, and reporting systems, to ensure all students' safety."
"When a student is abused sexually by a teacher, the victim should question whether the school did its best to prevent the abuse from occurring. If a school did not implement adequate safeguards, it might be deemed liable for the abuse in a civil lawsuit. The school and administration may be considered liable due to negligence. An example of negligence is if abuse was reported and ignored or not properly investigated. Students who have been abused should secure the services of an experienced sexual abuse attorney to explore all their legal options. Nonetheless, victims and their families should know that in cases of negligence, they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the school."