11 days ago
Dear Members of the Deerfield Community,
We write with deeply troubling news. A former student has confided in us that he was subjected to sexual contact, in the 1980s, by Peter Hindle, who was a Deerfield faculty member between 1956 and 2000. Mr. Hindle has admitted sexual contact with a student, and we are now conducting a detailed investigation of Mr. Hindle’s years at Deerfield. We have retained an independent law firm to assist, and we have informed law enforcement authorities.
While the reported behavior occurred many years ago, we realize that it continues to cause great pain. There is no greater violation of our values than broken trust between student and teacher.
The Academy goes to extraordinary lengths to build a warm, vibrant, and safe community for our students, and we have many safeguards and protections in place to ensure that is the case for our students and community members. Please rest assured that we have a zero tolerance policy regarding inappropriate teacher-student relationships of any kind, and this is regularly communicated to faculty and staff.
If you have been affected personally or have any information at all that may assist us in our investigation, we urge you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-774-1425. If you would prefer, Stuart Bicknell, our school psychologist, at email@example.com or 413-774-1563, is also available to speak with you. We will make every effort to ensure the confidentiality of any information, and we are offering professional counseling if needed.
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. We remain fully committed to this fundamental principle and to being “worthy of our heritage.”
Philip Greer ’53 P’94 G’13,’16
President, Board of Trustees
Margarita Curtis H’57
Head of School
MEDIA MAY CONTACT:
David Thiel, Director of Communications