DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A prestigious Franklin County boarding school has launched an investigation after a former student says he had “sexual contact” with a former teacher.
In a joint statement posted on their website, Deerfield Academy Board of Trustees President Philip Greer and Head of School Margarita Curtis says that their investigation is centering around Peter Hindle, who taught at the school from 1956 to 2000.
A former student recently went to school officials and told them that “he was subjected to sexual contact, in the 1980′s” by Hindle, and after speaking with Hindle, the statement notes that he admitted to the contact.
The school has hired an law firm to assist in “a detailed investigation of Mr. Hindle’s years at Deerfield.” Law enforcement have also been notified.
The statement adds that the school has a “zero tolerance policy regarding inappropriate teacher-student relationships of any kind” that is discussed with faculty and staff on a regular basis.
The school says, “We realize this message affects every member of the Deerfield family. Meaningful relationships between faculty and students define our community, but those relationships must be anchored in our core values–and first among them is the safety and welfare of every student.”
The school is urging anyone who may have been affected or has information that may help in the investigation to reach out to the school, by contacting calling (413) 774-1425, e-mail Ms. Curtis. You can also e-mail school psychologist Stuart Bicknell or call him at (413) 774-1563.
Deerfield says that it “will make every effort to ensure the confidentiality of any information, and we are offering professional counseling if needed.”