Col­lege acts on risky be­hav­iour


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

RE­PORTS of sex­ting, al­co­hol and drug use by Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dents has prompted staff mem­bers to write a let­ter to par­ents.

The South­ern Gazette has ob­tained a copy of a March 23 let­ter from Wes­ley Col­lege head of se­nior school Mark Samp­son.

The let­ter said while the re­ported in­ci­dents oc­curred off school grounds, staff mem­bers were con­cerned be­cause the be­hav­iour was “con­trary to our val­ues and be­liefs of how we want our young men to be­have”.

In the let­ter, Mr Samp­son puts the onus on par­ents to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their sons’ out of school hours ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It ap­pears that some par­ents are al­low­ing drink­ing to oc­cur and other trust­ing par­ents are al­low­ing their son to go out to an­other house or venue where drink­ing has oc­curred and there was no check­ing on the party or host par­ent con­tact,” the let­ter said.

Mr Samp­son said he was equally con­cerned about porno­graphic per­sonal images be­ing taken and dis­trib­uted by stu­dents via mo­bile phones and so­cial me­dia.

Mr Samp­son said he was aware of the po­ten­tial legal ram­i­fi­ca­tions of high-risk be­hav­iour by stu­dents and the boys were “plac­ing them­selves at risk of phys­i­cal hurt, so­cial and emo­tional dis­tress”.

Wes­ley head­mas­ter David Gee said the Col­lege had a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy for this type of risk-tak­ing be­hav­iour.

“We take th­ese is­sues ex­tremely se­ri­ously and keep open lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion at all times with stu­dents, par­ents and the school com­mu­nity,” Mr Gee said.

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