Investigation Finds History of Abuse at American School for the Deaf

Investigation Finds History of Abuse at American School for the Deaf

Probe into nation’s oldest deaf school reveals “appalling truths.”

An investigation into inappropriate conduct at America’s oldest school for deaf people corroborated  allegations of sexual and physical abuse that stretched decades, NBC News reports.

Officials at the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, Connecticut, released a report last week. The allegations involved former dorm supervisors, a maintenance worker, a dean and the school’s longtime executive director, and the alleged abuse occurred from the 1950s to the 1980s, according to the report.

“The results of this investigation reveal startling and appalling truths,” Executive Director Jeffrey S. Bravin and Catherine Burns, president of the board of directors, said in the report. “As a school community, we offer a sincere and heartfelt apology to the survivors of the inexcusable actions identified in this report and for the fact that the school did not prevent or stop them.”

The school was founded in 1817.

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