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Serious Misconduct Alleged At Oprah's S. African Girls' School 21.Oct.2007

Grand Opening DayIn a chain of events that must have Oprah reeling, a dormitory parent has been suspended for serious misconduct and her immediate supervisor has agreed to take a paid leave of absence to ensure an impartial investigation. When told of the unfolding crisis, Oprah dropped everything and flew to South Africa to deal with it directly. Announcing a thorough investigation by professionals "of the highest standing" in both South Africa and the US, school officials said studies would continue as usual and counseling would be available for the students.

Whatever happened had to have been pretty bad - corporal punishment where none is permitted? an illicit affair? - the school isn't releasing any further information, and their strong response speaks volumes for their values and integrity. Said Oprah, "Nothing is more serious or devastating to me than an allegation of misconduct by an adult against any girl at the academy. I will do everything within my power to ensure their safety and wellbeing.?

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