Pingry School — Pingry School is Investigating Former Teacher! But is that enough?
Pingry School is investigating a convicted felon who abused boys who used to work there. This happened because several courageous guys who went to Pingry spoke up about the abuse they had suffered there as kids at that teacher’s hands. The teacher was later arrested and sent to prison. He got caught for what he did to some additional boys after he left New Jersey.
The investigation is centering on how much Pingry’s administration knew about what was going on, and the victims whose efforts led to the inquiry have a valid point. The teacher who was later convicted had access to the Pingry boys at school, in a Pingry boy scout troop, and also, and this is worst of all, at a summer camp owned by Pingry faculty. That’s an enormous amount of access for a predator to have to young boys! How could the entire rest of the faculty and administration of Pingry all, every one, have not seen or heard or noticed anything unusual going on with that particular teacher? Where was everybody else who worked there? Where were the rest of the students? Is it feasible that nobody saw anything, ever, or reported it, ever, or did anything whatsoever about it, ever, during all of the years that it was going on? Everyone there apparently called the boys he targeted “his boys” like an “affectionate” nickname. So they saw something and knew something was strange about the teacher’s attachment to them!
You have to wonder about all of this, especially in light of all the complaints about the school. Just about every complaint about Pingry follows the same theme: children were marginalized there, and by lots of faculty members, not just that one. Children were not treated with dignity there. Children were made to feel like dirt there. I wonder about it in relation to the fact that one faculty member got away with soul murder by abusing so many boys there, since the first thing that predators do to their potential victims is try to find some way to isolate and marginalize them! Surely the whole put-down culture of the school only helped the abuser.
That leads to my next question. One complaint mentions another predator there, a teacher who was allegedly working for free. So who else did they have working there? Is investigating only the one that got convicted later on, and somewhere else, enough? Shouldn’t there also be an investigation into the entire culture of the school that helped this to happen in the first place?