The Courier-Mail

Elite school in abuse fail

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GEE­LONG Gram­mar se­nior staff were told of sex­ual abuse and bul­ly­ing from the 1950s un­til 2007 but failed to put a stop to it, an in­quiry has heard.

The Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse be­gan its hear­ing into the pres­ti­gious pri­vate school yesterday.

The com­mis­sion de­tailed the sex­ual of­fend­ing of 10 for­mer staff, in­clud­ing five con­victed of sex­ual of­fences against stu­dents, four de­ceased staff and one staff mem­ber not named. The in­quiry heard ev­i­dence of bul­ly­ing and sex­ual abuse in­flicted on two boys now aged in their six­ties.

Coun­sel as­sist­ing the Com­mis­sion David Lloyd said staff knew about sex­ual abuse. “It is an­tic­i­pated there will be ev­i­dence that em­ploy­ees at Gee­long Gram­mar, in­clud­ing very se­nior staff, knew about al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse,” he said.

The hear­ing is set down for two weeks.

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