The Vail-Deane Schoolwhat was behind the verbal & psychological abuse of select students at the vail-deane school?

M Mar 28, 2018 Review updated:

I just wanted to put this out there with the hope that maybe someone can answer it. The Vail-Deane School was located in Elizabeth, NJ, near The Pingry School. Pingry has been in the news lately, after being investigated, because there was a ring of child abusers who worked there, and the findings were that those abuse claims were credible. There were cowardly faculty members at Pingry who realized some bad things were happening there but kept silent.

Vail-Deane and Pingry shared several faculty members. Some would work at both or transfer from one to the other. At Vail-Deane there was also a practice of marginalizing certain students, usually the astute ones who weren't easily influenced or led. The amount of verbal and psychological abuse these kids were forced to endure was excessive and also ridiculous. They were made to feel as though something was wrong with them if they questioned anything or tried to complain about certain faculty members, including ones with substance abuse issues.

I am just wondering if something hideous was going on at Vail-Deane, too, and if the reason the savvier kids were being targeted by staff was to hush whatever that was up...After all, what kind of adults need to target children for abuse every day, unless maybe they are hiding something?


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    Jessica Christine Apr 25, 2020
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    I do not know of or believe that any of Vail-Deane’s former faculty engaged in marginalization or psychological abuse of their students. Teaching & administrative staff were full time employees of Vail-Deane so it’s difficult to imagine that any would also be moonlighting at any Pingry School side-gigs. Many students who attended Vail-Deane were referred by a private psychiatric hospital located in nearby Summit, NJ whose owners plead guilty in federal court to paying illegal kickbacks for referrals, bribing county officials, defrauding insurance companies & false imprisonment of people who did not need to be hospitalized. It is highly likely that Vail-Deane’s closure is linked to the DOJ’s prosecution of the owners of Fair Oaks Hospital & that Tenet’s legal team are behind any attacks on former students in attempt to avoid fulfilling the terms of their out of court settlement to compensate victims.

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    FowlerMansion May 05, 2020

    Vail-Deane wasn't a psychiatric hospital. It was a college prep school!

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    JustAskingToAsk Oct 06, 2020
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    I'm not sure if what I'm about to say here has any relevance or not. I don't want to mention names but in light of the way the Pingry School was found to have child molesters on the faculty I do want to just put this out there. One lower grades female teacher who was at Vail-Deane and ended up later working for other private schools was very, very strange. She was always shaking her upper torso - and the protuberances she had up there - in people's faces, including in children's faces. She talked like she was trying to sound like Marilyn Monroe in a seduction scene from a bad movie. If I had to put a soundtrack to her jiggling and wiggling it would be boom-boom-va-va-voom. This was in the 1970s and I hear she stayed at the school almost until it closed. I can't say for sure what all of her gyrations were all about. Did she just have an odd way of walking and talking or was she deliberately trying to be seductive? Was it was the latter? Someone should have looked into whatever was going on with her. If she was trying to be seductive around little kids, to what purpose? Again, I have no proof of anything but it's hard not to wonder when you consider some of the stories that have come out about other private school teachers.

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    Robin sanfilippo Oct 27, 2020

    Robin sanfilippo, 1979 graduate of the vail deane school, i have nothing but fond and wonderful memories of vail deane, the teachers and staff were absolutely wonderful, i was devastated when i heard of the school closing and all of the rumors that were told afterward, i do not believe any of them

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