‘Did Engage In Sexually Inappropriate Touching’

November 8, 2018

Saltus School confirmed that its investigation into alumni allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour on the part of a teacher who left the school 40 years ago has concluded, and it confirmed that the teacher “did engage in sexually inappropriate touching.”

“Saltus contracted with T&M Protection Resources, a US-based company specializing in these cases, to conduct the investigation. After seven months of research and the reports by 12 former Saltus students, T&M concluded that this teacher did engage in sexually inappropriate touching and what we now understand as, grooming behaviour,” the school said.

According to Saltus Head, Deryn Lavell, “We are all saddened and appalled by what happened to our students – young, innocent children victimized by a trusted adult. While it occurred long ago, the impact of this kind of behaviour reverberates for many, well into adulthood. We hope that their courage to come forward now, and the subsequent investigation, brings some comfort and closure.”

“T&M’s mandate included investigating any additional allegations of a similar nature that might arise during the course of their research. None emerged from their interviews. Everyone who reached out to T&M was interviewed, and all individuals were promised anonymity as a condition of coming forward,” the school stated.

“To that end, Saltus has made the decision not to name the teacher at the centre of the investigation, or release publicly, the full report. Our priority is to protect the identities of the victims and keep the confidentiality promised to the witnesses.

“In addition, we do not wish to inadvertently jeopardize any future action on the part of authorities. The Bermuda police and relevant Bermuda authorities have been briefed throughout this process and are in receipt of the final T&M report. We will continue to fully cooperate.

“Saltus is a stronger, safer community because of these brave individuals who came forward to share their stories,” said Ms. Lavell.

“We continue to actively build a culture that insists upon integrity and respect – both in terms of what we show others and what we demand for ourselves. Students must feel safe to speak up, knowing that they can trust their community and will be supported.”

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