Sauder Schelkopf is investigating allegations of sexual and physical misconduct between students at Mission Hill K-8 School of the Boston Public Schools prompting the superintendent to call for the school’s closure.
Local 12 reported in part on April 28, 2022:
A culture of sexual abuse was allegedly overlooked and allowed to continue for nearly a decade. Boston attorneys spoke to more than 60 witnesses and found multiple incidents of student-on-student sexual misconduct at the Mission Hill School.
The reports span from kindergarten to sixth grade. Despite intervention from the district and more training, nothing changed.
The Report (April 25, 2022) concluded in part:
We have examined the culture and leadership of the Mission Hill School and made findings that former school leader MH Admin 3 cultivated and tolerated a culture of pervasive indifference to sexual misconduct, bullying and bias-based conduct and toward rules, regulations and policies, and created a climate of hostility and intimidation toward parents and staff who questioned or disagreed with that culture, and that all of the above undermined the safety and educational aspirations of Mission Hill students.
We have found that the Mission Hill School purported, but failed, to protect consistently and reliably the well-being of all its students in the face of substantial risks to their physical and emotional health and safety. We have further found that the Mission Hill School failed to deliver an academically-rigorous education to all students and to provide special education services, as needed, in an equitable fashion, leaving certain cohorts of students underserved and undereducated.
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- We currently represent numerous individuals whose rights were violated while they were detained in a juvenile detention facility. Sauder Schelkopf and co-counsel filed a lawsuit on behalf of former students of The Glen Mills Schools who allege that they were physically and mentally abused while attending the School.
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