Poly Prep Apologizes to Sexual Abuse Victims of Coach Phil Foglietta
According to NY Daily News, Poly Prep has issued a formal apology to the twelve victims of sexual abuse performed by iconic football coach, Phil Foglietta.
About the Poly Prep Sexual Abuse Scandal
Poly Prep endured a three-year legal battle after the twelve victims filed a lawsuit in 2009 claiming that Foglietta had abused hundreds of boys in his 25 years at Poly Prep. Victims say Poly Prep ignored the situation and covered up the assaults for fear of bad publicity and drops in donations.
Foglietta was the school’s football coach and physical education teacher from 1966 until 1991. He was first accused of sexual abuse in the late 1960s.
The abuse scandal was in comparison with the Penn State sexual abuse scandal and was chronicled extensively in the Daily News starting in December 2011 through 2012.
Poly Prep Reconciles and in The Process Of Changing Policies after Foglietta Scandal
“We offer our deepest apologies to the survivors of Coach Foglietta’s abuse. We also apologize to their families and to anyone else who many have suffered in some manner as the result of his horrific misconduct. We recognize that sexual abuse is, and always has been, a terrible crime that leaves permanent scars.” – Poly Prep statement as published by as published by the New York Daily News
Poly Prep issued a statement signed by headmaster David Harman and board of trustees chairman Scott Smith on the school’s website.
Harman’s younger brother was also a victim of Foglietta’s abuse. He and Smith said the school should have taken action and investigated the scandal that prompted them to force retirement upon Foglietta in 1991.
After much reconciliation, the school is moving forward in issuing new policies to prevent this abuse. The school is taking action to acknowledge the past wrongs and to honor the survivors suffering.
Harman and Smith agreed that the school should have communicated more frequently and openly with the community upon the scandal.
The school also apologized to the victims for tarnishing their memories and delaying their healing process.