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Brian McGrory

Boys’ school shines light on abuse ‘darkness’

To the casual observer, The Fessenden School could not look more bucolic, with its expansive playing fields, rambling academic buildings, and a dining hall filled with the chatter of young boys who were gathered yesterday for lunch.

But last night, the prestigious private school in Newton, which teaches students from kindergarten through ninth grade, took a dire step unprecedented in its 108-year history. The new headmaster sent a letter to 7,500 alumni, faculty members, friends, and parents of students and alumni, saying that school officials have reason to be concerned that Fessenden students may have been sexually abused on the campus in the 1970s. He asked any victims to come forward to accept the school’s help and apologies.

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