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They Dreamed About an NBA Future. Instead, They Got Scammed

Yearlong Fusion probe into prep school basketball reveals the common cons of the industry

(Newser) - They were young hoops shooters who paid more than $25,000 a year to attend what they thought was an elite basketball academy that would prep them for the NBA. What they got instead, per a deep dive at Fusion , was ripped off. It's a close look by Luke... More »

Massive Sex Abuse Scandal Swirls Around Prep School

40 alumni say they were abused

(Newser) - A sex abuse scandal is swirling around a Rhode Island prep school. At least 40 former students of St. George's School in Middletown have said they were abused—raped, in some cases—by seven former staffers and four students between 1974 and 2004, lawyers say. The scandal came to... More »

Pardon Highly Unlikely for Prep School Sex Convict

Owen Labrie will be sentenced this week

(Newser) - The recent graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman is unlikely to avoid having to register as a sex offender for life given the history of pardons and commutations in the Granite State. Twenty-year-old Owen Labrie of Tunbridge, Vt., will... More »

Accused Rapist Spills on Prep School's Sexual Conquest Rite

Older students take 'great pride' in stealing younger ones' virginity: ex-prefect

(Newser) - St. Paul's School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate, and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest in which graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before getting... More »

Christopher Hitchens: Bicurious Youth

Author had quite a few same-sex romps at prep school, Oxford

(Newser) - Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens is straight—twice-married, in fact—but that didn’t stop him from steamy prep school sex with his male classmates. Below, a sampling of leaked excerpts from his upcoming memoir, courtesy of Gawker and an earlier article in the Times :
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Conn. Boarding School Sued Over Molester Dean

Kids at man's apartment at 'all hours': lawyer

(Newser) - A Connecticut boarding school has been hit with two lawsuits over a former dean’s alleged sexual abuse of students he is charged with having as "overnight guests" in his apartment, the Danbury News-Times reports. The now-fired dean at The Gunnery School was charged Aug. 5 with sexual assault,... More »

New Sex Scandal Rocks Oprah School

(Newser) - A new sex scandal has hit Oprah Winfrey's elite girls school in South Africa, the second in less than two years, reports the New York Daily News. Seven students have been suspended for sexually harassing classmates, including bullying students and "physical contact of a sexual nature," said a... More »

Boston High School Awash With Vampire Rumors

(Newser) - Authorities at an elite Boston high school found themselves yesterday in the bizarre position of having to publicly deny that certain students were vampires, the Globe reports. While vampires have been popping up more often in popular culture recently, officials and law enforcement say Boston Latin’s issue is most... More »

Expelled Girl Sues Prep School, Alleges Cult

Case provides look inside glamorized world

(Newser) - It’s a tale worthy of Gossip Girl: A popular student at a posh prep school who was expelled says she was harassed by a secret society of girls that the school and alumnae deny exists anymore. But ex-student Tatum Bass is slapping Ms Porter's with an all-too-real lawsuit, alleging... More »

NYC Prep Student Leaps to Death Into Recess Crowd

Fourth-graders out playing as body plunges to ground

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student at an elite Manhattan prep school leapt to his death from an eleventh-story classroom window yesterday, reports the New York Daily News. His plunging body narrowly missed a group of fourth graders playing in front of the Dalton School. "I heard a loud bang," said... More »

Rapper's Old-School Fashion Line Far From OutKast

Andre 3000 designs label for mod preppy

(Newser) - With a nostalgic collection far more ambitious than those of most celebrity designers, rapper/actor André Benjamin—aka André 3000, half of the duo OutKast—looks “like Ralph Lauren having a Steampunk moment,” Eric Wilson writes in the New York Times. The Benjamin Bixby collection, “inspired by Ivy... More »

Racist Hate Mail Probed at NH Prep School

'Bang bang get out,' threaten letters sent to black students

(Newser) - Police, the FBI, and the US Postal Service are investigating hate mail sent to black students at an elite prep school, the New York Times reports. Sources say students at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire received letters containing their photos from the school's directory with the words "bang... More »

Prep Schools' Endowments Skyrocket

Institutions aim to fund needy students, top-notch facilities

(Newser) - Endowments at the nation’s elite prep schools have exploded over the past decade, mirroring the trend at top colleges, reports the New York Times. America’s older schools have fared best: the endowment of Phillips Exeter Academy in NH has broken $1 billion, double its amount in 2002, while... More »

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