I hesitate to write this experience because the misconduct pales in comparison to more serious abuse that occurred. I graduated in the 1980’s era. I vividly recall an incident in which a teacher disclosed to me privately that he had (at his campus housing) a photo of me. He described the photo to me; it was a photo of me alone. I recall the photo as one that another classmate (1 year my senior) had taken the photo of me. The photo ended up in the Khalas yearbook that year. I remember not knowing how to respond to him when he shared this fact with me. As an adult, I look back on that experience and know that it is inappropriate for a male teacher to have a photo of a 15 year old girl in his possession. As a 15 year old, I didn’t have the insight to properly frame what was happening as something that could be reportable. Not that it would mitigate the circumstances of blurred teacher/student boundaries but I wish he had not informed me at all. Again, my experience was minor compared to the abuse that many peers have shared with me. I will not share their stories but the abuse really happened. I applaud all who have bravely brought their stories to the investigators and through this platform. My heart goes out to all the victims of abuse and misconduct at ISS. Until the board of directors and current school leaders create real transparency by naming the living molestors and their transgressions, abuse of other innocent minors by these individuals may be imminent as they move to another community where their despicable actions are not known.
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