Pall of sex abuse investigations hangs over alumni weekends

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Alumni weekend at St. George’s School will be different this year.

Amid the cocktails, campus tours and squash matches will be discussions about what has unfolded at the elite Rhode Island boarding school since December, when school officials acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past.

Many alumni have struggled with whether to attend the reunion, which runs Friday through Sunday.

They are upset by what happened to them or fellow alums, and by how the school handled it when told of abuse. Some say they will not attend. Others say they want to be among friends as they work to understand what has happened.

Some other New England boarding schools are dealing with similar scandals and are approaching reunions this month in different ways.