Someone at notoriously competitive New York City private school Horace Mann is
out to ruin one student’s college prospects by sending out nasty letters to a number of school’s admissions offices, Daily Intelligencer reports.
In a letter sent to parents of Horace Mann students, the prep school’s director of college counseling writes, “Someone in our community sent a letter about a current senior to a number of colleges with the goal of damaging that student’s prospects for admission.” No information was given about the nature of the letter or what schools it was sent to.
Horace Mann is conducting an investigation into the source of the damaging letters, and is working with the colleges to “minimize the damage,” both to the student applicant and the school itself, it seems. As the letter reads:
There are positive and negative stereotypes out there about the HM community and while we don’t have control over everything that is said about us, we do have some ability to shape those opinions among those trying to get to know us…
When a member of our Community does something so egregious, it makes people question what’s happening here. It feeds the perception that we are hypercompetitive to the point of being unhealthy. This isn’t a good message for our students, our families, or for people who are on the outside looking in. Certainly, college admissions officers are included in this last group.
The school is currently embroiled in a sex abuse scandal involving several abuse cases spanning decades.
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