St. George's prep school, where annual tuition/fees total $56K, has joined the conga line of schools featured in Vanity Fair for internal misdeeds that were handled badly. Here is the article on St. George's in the August issue by Benjamin Wallace in glossy VF.
It was last December that the Boston Globe broke the story on the decades of sexual abuse at St. George's. The miscreants included teachers, staff, and students. The victims numbered 40.
The abusers were fired but not reported to authorities. Some were allowed kind treatment such as decent severance, pensions, and letters of recommendation. Because of that irate alumni and their parents want headmaster Eric Peterson to resign.
Obviously, St. George's and other prep schools caught in scandals were desperate to protect their premium brands. After all, they are responsible for educating and instilling character in the next generation of leaders. And their alumni have plenty invested in that brand equity.
But in this media era in which reporters consider on subject hands-off, the dirt is being dished. Likely heads will roll. There might be lawsuits. And a top public relations agency will be called in. But St. George's et al. will continue to receive applications. That's the way the game is played: Networking starts in elite boarding schools.