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Report: Bronx Prep School Covered Up Sex Abuse Claims

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An elite Bronx prep school is facing allegations of sexual abuse by several staff members and a possible cover-up by administrators.

According to a New York Times Magazine article written by an alumnus, at least three teachers and coaches were accused of molesting students at the Horace Mann school in Riverdale between 1978 and 1994.

Former student Amos Kamil writes that although several parents came forward claiming their children were abused, administrators at the prestigious school never notified police.

The Times says one student committed suicide after years of alleged abuse.

The $40,000 a year school has been voted one of the best private schools in the country by Forbes Magazine.

One student tells NY1 the culture at the school is very much out in the open and proactive.

Parents seemed to agree, saying they could not believe there was ever an attempt to sweep cases of sexual abuse under the rug.

"I've been involved with the school for 11 years and I haven't had any experience like that. And on top of that I believe its the family's responsibility to make their children aware of that," said one parent.

"The ninth grade recently had a meeting on sexual harassment because they kind of just want to make sure everyone knows what to do. There's designated teachers and faculty who you can go to if something like that happens," noted one student.

Among the school's notable alumni are Eliot Spitzer and Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

Horace Mann Headmaster Tom Kelly sent a letter to parents assuring them that several of the alleged abusers are deceased and none has worked at the school for years.

He adds no details of past cases are ever publicized by school officials even to the school community, to protect privacy.

School officials declined to comment on Kamil's article, which was posted online on Wednesday.

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