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ST. LOUIS (AP) - everal graduates of a St. Louis County college prep school are alleging they were abused by two teachers decades ago.

The students say they suffered verbal and sexual abuse in the 1970s at Chaminade College Preparatory School, which is sponsored by the Marianists.

The Rev. Martin Solma, provincial for the U.S. Marianists, said Monday that a male graduate made the first allegations several months ago against the Revs. Louis Meinhardt and John Woulfe. Both men died years ago.

At the man’s request, the school sent letters to 1,600 former students who graduated while the two teachers were at the school.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Solma says of 75 responses, 15 included allegations of verbal or sexual abuse. The allegations will be forwarded to an independent review board.

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