Elite boarding school cancels ‘healing’ event on sex abuse

This Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, photo shows buildings at St. George's School in Middletown, R.I. The school and a group of victims announced Monday, Jan. 11, that former Massachusetts attorney general Scott Harshbarger had been hired to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the prestigious Rhode Island boarding school. More than 40 former students at the school alleged they were molested or raped there, mostly in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
–Steven Senne / Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — An elite New England boarding school where dozens of alumni have reported sexual abuse is canceling a gathering it billed as a ‘‘healing’’ event to address sexual abuse after many victims objected.

St. George’s School headmaster Eric Peterson this week announced the event would be held during the school’s reunion weekend in May on its campus in Middletown, Rhode Island.

But many victims said it was inappropriate because of an ongoing investigation into abuse and cover-ups at St. George’s.

The president of the board of trustees announced Friday the event was canceled. She says officials are planning other ways to acknowledge the abuse during reunion weekend.

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Anne Scott, of survivors group SGS for Healing, says she believes the school has learned to consult with victims before planning such events.

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