A former teacher at New York’s Horace Mann prep school has admitted to having sex with “maybe three” of his former students.
Tek Young Lin, now 88 and living in California, told The New York Times his advances towards students “did not seem really wrong.”
Lin’s admissions come on the heels of a New York Times magazine story by a former student, Amos Kamil, revealing a culture of sexual abuse at the school during his time there.
“I heard about some teachers who supposedly had a habit of groping female students and others who had their eyes on the boys,” Kamil recalls in the piece. “I heard that Mark Wright, an assistant football coach, had recently left the school under mysterious circumstances. I was warned to avoid Stan Kops, the burly, bearded history teacher known widely as ‘the Bear,’ who had some unusual pedagogical methods.”
This week, the Times’ Jenny Anderson reported that two law enforcement agencies have opened abuse hotlines related to incidents at the school, and that Horace Mann had promised to “work together to understand what may have happened and why.”
Lin, who retired in 1986, told the Times he did not coerce any students into having sex with him.
“The only thing I can assure you of was that everything I did was in warmth and affection and not a power play,” he told the Times. “I may have crossed societal boundaries. If I did, I am sorry.”
Watch The Daily Beast’s video about New York Times Magazine’s story on Horace Mann, posted June 10 2012, here:
Classroom image via Agence France-Presse