The superintendent of the Babylon schools, Linda J. Rozzi, did not reply to an email requesting an explanation of the accusations.
Deirdre Gilligan, a representative for the school system, did not respond to any specific allegations, including claims that administrators, including the superintendent, were aware of the problems for years but did nothing.
School District Investigates Claims of Longtime Sexual Misconduct by Teachers
Ms. Gilligan didn’t say much more in an email except that the school system had received the claims and was looking into them.
In a statement, Ms. Gilligan said that the district “does not condone the abuse of any form, takes all complaints extremely seriously, and is determined to respond upon each and every report we receive.” “We applaud the brave people for standing up and speaking out.”
One of the news outlets tried to get responses from the six teachers who were put on leave and other teachers who have been accused of wrongdoing, but none of them responded.
Because they have not been criminally charged and the accusations are still being investigated, The Times is withholding the names of those who have been implicated.
The School System has Taken a Few Steps
In an effort to address the charges, the school system has taken a few steps. The Crime Victims Center, a Long Island-based group that supports victims, will start educating all school employees about sexual harassment this month.
In accordance with New York State law, all school staff members who have contact with children are required to report claims of child abuse or neglect. The centre will instruct its staff members on their duties in this regard. For instructors, the regulation has been in effect since 1973.
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, launched an investigation into the high school last month, calling the reports “troubling.”
Former students claimed that Babylon, a largely white, middle-class community known for its beautiful village atmosphere and beaches, was partially to blame for the incident. According to students, there are only about 100 students in each grade at the small school.
Some alumni have commented that teachers frequently taught entire families, sometimes spanning several generations, encouraging a closeness that can border on intimacy.