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December 12, 2018

Georgetown Prep, Brett Kavanaugh’s high school, insists it’s not a breeding ground amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by students

September 27, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep in the 1980s. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

A small Maryland high school founded in 1789 has found itself in the middle of an ugly Supreme Court nomination flooded with accusations of sexual assault.

Multiple women have made shocking claims about parties held in the early 1980s by students at Georgetown Preparatory school, allegations of gang rapes, drunken sexual assault and spiked drinks. Among those students allegedly participating in the debauchery was Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the bench. But Georgetown Prep insists it can’t be blamed.




“The temptations, and the failings, presented in these stories are not unique to Georgetown Prep. The problems and abuses of alcohol and drugs, sexual assault and misconduct, emotional and physical violence toward others are real; educators at every institution of primary, secondary, or higher learning in our nation face these problems every day. Serious educators in public, private, religious, and secular schools as well as parents and families have been wrestling with the collateral damage of an out-of-control culture for many decades. Jesuit schools, Georgetown Prep among them, have been working together since the 1970s to address these issues,” the school said in a statement Wednesday,” the first public comments made by officials there.

“But it is demonstrably false that such behavior or culture is tolerated, still less encouraged, at Georgetown Prep. In fact, our curriculum is designed to guide students away from these malignant influences, and to guide them through reflection away from selfishness and towards a life of service for and with others. And we empower our faculty and staff to administer our rules and policies strictly but compassionately.”

Christine Blasey Ford claims that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a house party in the area when she was 15 and he was 17. An anonymous woman told the New Yorker that Georgetown Prep students “would get a female blind drunk” on grain alcohol and Hawaiian Punch and then try to take advantage of her. Julie Swetnick claimed that Kavanaugh and other classmates frequently participated in “‘gang’ or ‘train’ rape.”

But Georgetown Prep, which currently has just 491 students enrolled on its 93-acre campus, said its curriculum tries to “guide students away from these malignant influences, and to guide them through reflection away from selfishness and towards a life of service for and with others.”

“Certain individuals have recently presented themselves as representing the culture of Georgetown Prep authoritatively. They do not. The views they present may well represent their experience, but they do not represent our institutional or pedagogical goals, nor our efforts to implement those goals on behalf and out of a deep and abiding care for our students and their families, and for the larger culture in which they will work and live and raise their families,” the school said in the statement.

“It is all too easy to paint malicious stereotypes about a group of people based on assumptions about their gender, ethnicity, or their station in life. Part of our educational foundation is the continued evaluation of everything that we do, personally and institutionally, that we may live most fully the commandment to love God and neighbor.”




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