Eric Peterson, headmaster of St. George’s School, has informed trustees that he won’t seek to renew his contract, which expires June 30, 2017.

Peterson’s resignation had been sought by many alumni during the last few months while the school has been embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal that  became public in December of 2015, after Anne Scott and two other alumnae told of being molested or raped by athletic trainer Al Gibbs in the late 1970s.
In a letter sent Tuesday to the St. George’s community announcing Peterson’s departure, board of trustees chair Leslie Heaney referred briefly to the scandal: “Throughout this transition, the school’s commitment to addressing past instances of sexual abuse and to supporting our survivor community will remain steadfast.”

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