Andy Lewis recently wrote about a Steiner school related abuse case under investigation in Scotland. I’ve written about similar cases in the past. Now another one has surfaced in Germany. According to Süddeutsche Zeitung:
Ein 57 Jahre alter Lehrer soll sich laut Staatsanwaltschaft Augsburg an mindestens zwei minderjährigen Schülern der Schule vergangen haben. Die Polizei spricht sogar von sechs Jungen, die heute im Alter von zwölf bis 14 Jahre alt sein sollen. Möglicherweise sind es noch mehr. In der Schule bekannt war seit Sommer dieses Jahres zumindest ein Fall.
I don’t actually have anything to say; everything has been said so many times before. I thought I should report about it though. These things happen, also in ‘paradise’. Whether the risks are any higher in waldorf schools, I do not know. There is a tendency to ignore things that go wrong and children who don’t appear to be well, because the desire to believe in the goodness of waldorf is so strong. There’s a loyalty in these schools, a loyalty which sometimes means that the individual is — often thoughtlessly, I presume — sacrificed for the collective ‘good’ which takes precedence over other concerns. Teachers are loyal to each other, because they share a worldview and a community, teachers and families are very loyal to the schools, for similar and related reasons. I’m not sure how important these factors are as risk factors. I assume they aren’t negligible. Whatever happened in this new case, I do not know. There’s no way for any schools to protect themselves a hundred percent against the acts of such perpetrators; it is only possible to minimize the risk.