School asked po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate sex claims

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

ONE of Queens­land’s most pres­ti­gious schools says it is fully co-op­er­at­ing with a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in to al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse.

For­mer stu­dents of The South­port School, an in­sti­tu­tion which has fos­tered some of Queens­land’s sharpest minds and big­gest sports stars, have spo­ken to in­ves­ti­ga­tors about al­le­ga­tions of his­tor­i­cal sex­ual abuse which al­legedly oc­curred in the 1970s and 80s.

Po­lice re­opened the decades-old in­ves­ti­ga­tion in April, but for­mer stu­dent Bill Edgar yes­ter­day is­sued a me­dia re- lease re­veal­ing he had sup­plied in­ves­ti­ga­tors with a two-page state­ment de­tail­ing names of al­leged vic­tims and per­pe­tra­tors. How­ever, TSS has hit back at Mr Edgar’s claims.

In a state­ment, a TSS spokesman yes­ter­day said the school wel­comed and ac­tively en­cour­aged the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“TSS re­quested this lat­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion in April and not Mr Edgar, who is us­ing the hor­rors of child sex­ual abuse to gain no­to­ri­ety,” he said.

“TSS urges all sur­vivors of abuse to go di­rectly to the po­lice.”

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