Needless to say, we are all shocked. While this is not related to the purpose of the blog, in our course of contributing to it over the years, we have encountered several alumni who have followed these court cases, who have expressed regret over not having said more about transgressions they felt occurred during their time at the school. While we can’t help them, we can’t imagine anyone keeping such a horrible secret for so long. We at least hoped to demonstrate that bringing things to light can happen. If you are an alumnus, please share this blog post in the case it may reach a person who really needs to know. The shortlink is: http://wp.me/pn26e-9L
The implications of this letter are terrible, but at least they have opened the door for a victim or more victims to speak out about one of the hardest things to talk about. As well, other (past, dispersed) members of the community may feel urgency and occasion to express concern, outrage, or sadness. We wanted to help and offer the Forum page (at the top of the homepage) for people to write what they think about this matter. In the past month, we’ve seen a sudden surge of readership and realized that many people concerned about the school community are sharing this blog on Facebook. We will publish any comment except for profanity and personal attacks. You can contribute anonymously. Unfortunately, we cannot help with unfounded accusations. If you are a victim of a crime, then we encourage you to speak to the police like this one did and cite this case (they have English interpreters).
While we applaud the full-disclosure and proactive response of the current Head Master, waiting for information when it’s clear that many of our children have been under the care and leadership of the alleged perpetrator, in recent times, is an unsettling prospect. We personally do not feel the school counselors are qualified nor adequate in numbers to deal with a case of this gravity and potentially this many concerns. There is nothing more important than the safety of the students. We agree: no need to be alarmist until the facts are in. But, if such a letter is going to be issued, then let’s talk about it! The school would be wise to offer a school-wide dialogue about this. Full knowledge of the extent of this allegation will come in time, but what a bomb to drop in the meantime, Mr. Head Master (!) Thank you (?)
[Update: upon reading the letter to parents again, it looks like Br. L is prohibited from making any contact with the kids, but it doesn’t say that he was removed from campus, where he lives. (So, it’s as if he has a cold.) It’s also been suggested that Br. Michel actually learned that a boy was seriously sexually assaulted in the past, in August of 2013 when he handed the reins to Mr. Kagei, making this January 2014 announcement by the school administration disingenuous: “recent days”. It also doesn’t make sense that the Archdiocese would be allowed to interfere with a police, criminal investigation. This makes us doubt that there is one. ]
Some timely headlines: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26044852