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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to stories about surviving abuse by a teacher and the dangers of tanning.


I admire Whit Sheppard’s determination to help others by writing about his path to recovery after being molested at Deerfield Academy (“What Happened at Deerfield,” July 21). Margarita Curtis, the head of school, deserves recognition for her compassion when contacted by Sheppard. In a similar case at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, the head of school, Rebecca Upham, and the board of trustees were not so immediately compassionate. Eventually the head and the board decided the school would bear the cost of counseling for survivors. This thoughtful decision focused the school’s energy — and helped focus mine — on recovery in the future instead of damage in the past. Other schools would do well to follow this example.

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