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

An Update for the Milton Community

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... read more

An Update for the Milton Community

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... read more

Healing and Safety Oversight Committee Update

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.

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RAINN Update

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... read more

An Update for the Milton Community

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... read more

RAINN Update

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... read more

Letter to the Milton Community

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... read more

Letter to the Milton Community

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... read more

Letter to the Milton Community

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... read more

Letter to the Milton Community

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... read more

Contact

Milton Contact
Deborah O’Toole
617.898.2286
deborah_otoole@milton.edu

External Contact
Milton Police Detective Valter Pires
617.698.4837
vpires@mpdmilton.org

Confidential Contact
Ethics Point, a confidential online reporting service



Committee Membership

Stuart Mathews P’13 ’17 ’17 (co-chair)
Trustee

Deborah Beyer O’Toole P’17 (co-chair)
Chief Human Resources Officer

Jennifer Anderson
Chief Communication Officer

Robert Azeke ’87
Trustee

David Ball ’88
Upper School Principal

Heather Flewelling
Director of Multiculturalism and Community Development

Jamie Forbes ’85

Wendy Nicholson ’86
Trustee

Sylvia Westphal P’18 ’21 ’25 ’27 ’27
Trustee


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.
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