Oprah Secretly Visits South African School

'We have closure,' says father of girl who alleged abuse
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2007 12:20 PM CST
U.S. talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, center, with two learners, during an opening ceremony of her Leadership Academy for Girls School at Henley-on-Klip, South Africa, in this Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 file...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Oprah Winfrey yesterday secretly visited the South African school she founded, People reports, to meet with a girl who said she was abused by the staff. The media titan also met with the girl's parents for the first time. "The meeting went well," said the girl's father. "I appreciate that Oprah took time to listen."

"I am very happy and pleased that Oprah heard our side of the story. We have closure," said the father. She held other meetings, and "I think they are planning new rules and staff for the school," the girl's father said. His daughter, who had left the school, will return to complete eighth grade and will receive counseling.