Former Saltus teacher ‘groomed students’

A teacher working at Saltus decades ago engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviour, an investigation has found.

But the school has decided not to name the teacher involved or to publicly release the full report in order to “protect the identities of the victims”.

Deryn Lavell, Saltus head, said that the school was “saddened and appalled by what happened to our students — young innocent children victimised by a trusted adult”.

Ms Lavell added: “While it occurred long ago, the impact of this kind of behaviour reverberates for many, well into adulthood. We hope that their courage to come forward now, and the subsequent investigation, brings some comfort and closure.”

A statement released this morning by the private school said that the teacher in question engaged in “grooming behaviour”.

It comes after an investigation conducted by T&M Protection Resources, a US-based company.

The investigation included seven months of investigation and reports by 12 former pupils.

A school spokeswoman said that T&M’s mandate included to investigate any other allegations that might arise based on their research.

She said no other allegations were discovered.

The spokeswoman added: “Everyone who reached out to T&M was interviews, and all individuals were promised anonymity as a condition of coming forward.”

She said the decision to not name the teacher or release the full report was also made “to keep the confidentiality promised to witnesses”.

The spokeswoman added: “In addition, we do not wish to inadvertently jeopardise any future action on the part of authorities.”

She said that the Bermuda Police Service and “relevant Bermuda authorities” had received the final reports.

Ms Lavell said that the school was a “stronger, safer community because of these brave individuals who came forward to share their stories”.

She added: “We continue to actively build a culture that insists upon integrity and respect — both in terms of what we show others and what we demand for ourselves.

“Students must feel safe to speak up, knowing that they can trust their community and will be supported.”

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