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Jun 12, 2016 3:55 PM

Boarding schools for young under scrutiny amid abuse cases

The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — A number of recent sexual abuse scandals around the U.S. have cast a spotlight on elite boarding schools that enroll children as young as 10 or 11.

At the prestigious Indian Mountain School in Connecticut, for example, lawyers now estimate 50 to 100 middle schoolers were violated by staff members in the 1970s and '80s. And at a school in Massachusetts, the Fessenden School, at least 17 former middle schoolers say they were molested by teachers between the 1960s and 1980s.

Victims and advocates say the abuse underscores how vulnerable younger children are at boarding schools. Several say boarding programs for students so young should be reconsidered.

Sexual abuse scandals have erupted in recent years at a number of elite boarding schools, including Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire, but the NH school is not a "junior board school" and does not accept younger students.

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