A Message from Matt Glendinning, Head of School
November 18, 2020
Dear Moses Brown Community,
As you may be aware, in February of this year, the school published the results of an investigation into allegations of employee sexual misconduct from the 1960s. In the months following, several new reports came to light and I am writing to share the results of further investigation by means of the letter linked below.
While no reports of sexual misconduct have been made against anyone currently working at the school, this second phase of investigation corroborated information shared in our February 3 letter and surfaced an additional, credible allegation from the 1980s.
As Moses Brown’s current Head of School, I am deeply sorry for the harm that was done to children under our care, and I am appalled that, at several points in our past, some members of this community failed in their most basic duty to keep students safe. On behalf of the school, I want to apologize to all those who were impacted by employee misconduct and thank them for their courage in coming forward.
As a Friends school committed to seeking the truth and caring for those who have suffered wrong, we have an obligation to publish these findings, take responsibility for the harm that was done, and make certain that we are doing everything possible to keep our students safe.
Our primary concern right now is to care for survivors and support current students, parents, faculty and staff. In the coming days, we will be speaking about the report—in general and age-appropriate ways—with middle and upper school students. We will remind everyone about the safety measures in place at MB and make sure students know what to do if they ever feel unsafe with an employee or other adult. We have reached out to survivors to offer support. And we are asking everyone in the community to help us protect survivors’ privacy by refraining from speculation about the identity of those mentioned in the letter.
If, after reading the letter, you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me. We want to make sure we are fully supporting you and the broader MB community in the days ahead.
I appreciate your support as we come to terms with some inexcusable behavior from our past and recommit ourselves to protecting the safety, dignity and worth of each child in our care.
Head of School
To read the school’s previous letter on these matters, from February 2020, please click here.