Healing and Safety Oversight Committee
The essential objective of the Healing and Safety Oversight Committee is to oversee the Milton Academy implementation of the response outlined in the letter to the community dated February 21, 2017, specifically to:
- Address the impact of sexual misconduct related to this investigation on community members
- Notify authorities, legal and otherwise, re: perpetrators
- Engage in an external review of policies, procedures, practices and programs regarding approach to student safety
- Provide survivors the opportunity to help us evaluate policies, procedures, student program and adult training that addresses student wellness and safety
Updates from the Committee
We write in response to those who have contacted us regarding the 2017 T&M Protection Resources report, to explain in more detail the school’s reasons for maintaining the confidentiality of that report. In 2016, Milton launched an important process to learn the...
On January 2, 2019, a Norfolk County Superior Court judge announced that criminal charges against Rey Buono had been dismissed on the grounds that the charges were barred by the statute of limitations. On Friday, January 11, the Norfolk County District Attorney filed...
Dear members of the Milton Academy community, Today we learned that criminal charges against Rey Buono were dismissed on the grounds that they were barred by the statute of limitations. While we respect this decision of the court, and the legal process and constraints...
This fall, Milton Academy took several steps to implement recommendations from the assessment conducted by RAINN, an external consultant Milton commissioned last year to conduct an assessment of our policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct.
In May, we received a final report from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), the external consultant that Milton commissioned last year to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our policies, procedures and protocols regarding sexual misconduct. RAINN...
Dear members of the Milton Academy community, It has been brought to our attention that Rey Buono, a member of the Milton faculty from 1973 to 1987, was brought back from Thailand by federal authorities to face indictments in Norfolk Superior Court. In 2016 Milton...
As a follow up to the sexual misconduct investigation, we contracted with the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to conduct an external assessment of our policies, procedures and protocols regarding sexual misconduct. Since the start of this process, we...
Dear members of the Milton Academy community, In February 2017, we wrote to share with you the outcome of the T&M Protection Resources (T&M) independent fact-finding investigation into allegations of sexual abuse committed by former Milton faculty members. A...
Dear members of the Milton community, Cultivating respect for others is a core institutional value at Milton Academy, which requires deliberate, consistent thought and action. In the environment of respect that Milton nurtures, and guided by our motto, “Dare to Be...
Dear members of the Milton Academy community, After my message of May 9, which detailed Milton’s approach to sexual misconduct— our protocols, practices, and educational efforts—we received allegations of sexual abuse occurring at Milton several decades ago. In...
Dear members of the Milton Academy community, Over the weekend, the Boston Globe published an article written by its Spotlight team. The article chronicled graphic and disturbing accounts by alleged victims of sexual abuse at private schools in New England. Sexual...
Stuart Mathews P’13 ’17 ’17 (co-chair)
Deborah Beyer O’Toole P’17 (co-chair)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Communication Officer
Robert Azeke ’87
David Ball ’88
Upper School Principal
Director of Multiculturalism and Community Development
Jamie Forbes ’85
Sylvia Westphal P’18 ’21 ’25 ’27 ’27
Student Safety and Well-Being
Cultivating respect for others is a core institutional value at Milton Academy, which requires deliberate, consistent thought and action. In Kindergarten through Class I, we focus intently on nurturing appropriate and healthy relationships between students and adults, as well as developing mutual care and respect among students.