Located on the same property as the now-closed New Horizon Academy, the school was raided by the police. The water on the property is still contaminated. It is not safe to drink. Apparently the employees have something to hide as the police arrested on the employees for obstructing an officer executing the search warrant.
A lot on their website indicate that they use the same structure as the other company. It seems that the methods used by the now-defunct WWASP chain are still used by small firms who rent property at buildings that previous housed WWASP schools.
It remains unclear what they treat the teenagers for. Back in the WWASP days it was only about detention of children, the parents did not have time for. A lot of games were constructed to make it look like it was treatment but it was basically the same nonsens you see at many sales conventions motivating good spirit and results. It was not treatment of serious mental health issues.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
The Horace Mann School was investigated due to a number of cases involving employees having various kinds of sexual interactions with their students.
The school claims that protocols to prevent future cases have been put in place. However it does not change the past. Back then it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- The Dark Hallways of Horace Mann (The Atlantic)
- An extraordinary story of alleged sex abuse of students at elite private school over decades (The Washington Post)
A quick search on this school has revealed at least two cases where employees have been investigated for misconduct against students.
A dorm duty master and a housemaster are under investigation. The question remains whether the school has implemented policies to prevent future incidents like those who happened to students in the past from happening again.
Until then it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
The Phillips Academy in Massachusetts used an employee who also worked parttime at the infamous Boston Childrens Hospital best known in the public for the Pelletier case. The employee was convicted of child pornography charges.
The school had received complaints over the actions of the employee for a number of years and decided not to renew the contract hoping that it all just would go away quietly. It did not. The police started an investigation after findings on the Internet.
The school stated
John Palfrey, the head of school at Phillips Academy, also had said in an email to students and parents after Keller’s arrest that the decision to not renew Keller’s contract was based on professional misconduct unrelated to the federal case. Palfrey said Keller had been reprimanded in 1999 for using a school computer to access adult pornography and had shown an inappropriate cartoon to students in 2002.
The questions remain if parents should believe that story. We doubt that it could be a fun place to be as a teenager.
Doctor in Mass. child porn case pleads guilty (San Diego Union Tribune)
Restless Virgins is a book inspired by an incident which took place at this boarding school in Massachusetts. Some might ask why the school did not take precautions to prevent a number boys from having sex with a single girl under circumstances where the girls might have felt pressured into performing the act. Maybe because the culture at the school was bad and corrupted due to a number of boys having become victim of a teacher named Buono.
This toxic environment resulted in humiliating treatment of a girl and the responsability of that is with the school management.
It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
- Top Mass. court reinstates rape charges against former Milton Academy teacher (The Boston Globe)
- Milton Academy students sentenced to probation (Boston.com)
While the school in general has a good reputation, parents might ask themselves if the school has implemented enough precautions to prevent another teacher like the convicted Bateman from taking pornographic photos of students. The teacher was convicted of storing some 300 photos – some of a victim at the school aged 16 when the photos were taken.
Secondly other employees were named in a long line of incidents which should not have been taken place involving minors.
It cannot be fun being a teenager to know that photos of you naked are in the hands of employees, who can use them as they like.
- Phillips Exeter reveals new sex abuse allegations against ex-faculty (Sea Coast Online)
- Phillips Exeter: Ex-worker fired for failing to report sexual misconduct (Sea Coast Online)
Searching the Internet for old cases, our investigation team found:
STATE OF DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES, PLAINTIFF,
CEDARS ACADEMY, NEAL SWARTZ AND MARY PAUER, DEFENDANTS
In the text, we found:
On May 16, Mr. Grier spoke with Carol Yetter of United Way, who informed Mr. Grier of various complaints of child abuse against Neal Swartz, relating to actions taken by Mr. Swartz during his employment as director of the Academy of New Horizons and Camp New Horizons in Rye, New York. *fn1 That same day, Mr. Grier spoke to Paul Richer of the New York Commission for Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, who confirmed that such agency had investigated allegations of child abuse at New Horizons, and that those allegations had focused on the activities of Mr. Swartz. However, due to the confidentiality requirements of New York State concerning the investigation, Mr. Richer could not provide Mr. Grier with any further information. A “serious complaint form” was prepared by Mr. Grier or a subordinate on May 18, indicating, among other things, the facts described above.
The persons investigated ran a facility also mentioned in this blog called Cedars Academy for a number of years before they sold it to Aspen Education Group which ran it for a number of years before Aspen Education Group were hit by a backlash from former participants in their programs.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- STATE OF DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES, PLAINTIFF, v. CEDARS ACADEMY, NEAL SWARTZ AND MARY PAUER, DEFENDANTS (Find a case webpage)
- Abuse: Allegations dog school owners (The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware)
- Gonzales; Torture Overseas Compared to, Cedars Academy/Aspen (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)