Chinese authorities have shut down a Beijing kindergarten operated by RYB Education, a U.S.-listed education firm, following reports of alleged sexual abuse. Joel Getz, a former executive at the Clinton Foundation, is an Independent Director at RYB Education and the Senior Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Yale University.
“Mr. Joel A. Getz is Independent Director of the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Getz served as Director of Development for the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York and was President of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City,” reports Reuters.
Getz joined Yale University from the Clinton Foundation, where he served as the Director of Development, overseeing the organization’s “charitable, educational, and economic development initiatives.”
“Mr. Getz was instrumental in creating a formal development operation for the Clinton Foundation, which raised in excess of $135 million annually,” says his Yale bio.
Joel Getz photo via ewyorksocialdiary.com
A Chinese kindergarten run by a US-listed group is under investigation after claims of sexual molestation and needle marks on children. Parents say their children were stripped naked, given unknown “white pills” and “brown syrup”.
The scandal broke out at the nursery in Beijing’s eastern suburb of Guanzhuang. The incidents were reported in two groups; each had some 25 children aged from 2 to 6. The kindergarten is run by RYB Education Institution, which is currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Several parents found needle marks on her children’s bodies, Caixin media group, which initially reported the story, said on Thursday.
Medical examination of eight children confirmed that the injuries were indeed caused by needles, Guanzhuang police later said.
Apart from needles, children were given “white tablets and a brown syrup,” a group of parents who staged a protest outside the nursery, told Caixin, adding that they had no idea what these substances were. “Disobedient students were also forced to stand naked or were locked up in a dark room at the kindergarten,” one parent said.
China newsletter veteran Bill Bishop hit Getz’s decision to serve on RYB Education’s board.
“Why is Joel Getz, an associate dean at Yale, on the board of RYB Education? Must have thought would be easy money, form now at the center of child abuse scandal,” tweeted Bishop.
It is important to note that in no way are former President Bill Clinton or his wife Hillary Clinton involved with RYB Education or this scandal. Nonetheless the story is notable, not only because the alleged crimes are so horrific, but also because it raises questions about the judgement of the Clintons as to who they have employed in important roles at their foundation.