’Ab­so­lute an­ar­chy’ as elite school’s se­niors go wild

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - JACK MORPHET

ABOUT 150 stu­dents went on the ram­page dur­ing Year 12 muck-up day at ex­clu­sive Scots Col­lege, forc­ing classes into lock­down.

Some stu­dents hid in class­rooms as se­niors threw bot­tles at younger pupils, up­turned a grand­stand on the main oval and hi­jacked a golf cart, ac­cord­ing to par­ents and stu­dents from the $34,900-a-year east­ern sub­urbs school. Po­lice were even­tu­ally called to break up the dis­tur­bance when it spilt on to the streets.

A PRES­TI­GIOUS pri­vate boys school was forced into lock­down as 150 Year 12 stu­dents ran amok through the grounds dur­ing muck-up day.

Ac­cord­ing to pupils, par­ents and neigh­bours of The Scots Col­lege, which prides it­self on “rais­ing fine young men”, the Year 12 stu­dents went on a day long ram­page that sent other pupils and neigh­bours scur­ry­ing for safety.

Po­lice were called af­ter glass bot­tles were thrown at younger stu­dents, a grand­stand on the main oval was over­turned and a golf cart was hi­jacked. Po­lice seized bot­tles of al­co­hol be­fore dis­pers­ing the trou­ble­mak­ers.

Sev­eral build­ings at the $34,900-per-year school in Belle­vue Hill, in Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs, were pelted with eggs and wa­ter­mel­ons, and one wit­ness said some stu­dents were forced to lock them­selves in class­rooms where they were “cow­er­ing in fear”.

Neigh­bours de­scribed the scenes as “an­ar­chy” be­fore po­lice were called.

“We were told the school went into lock­down. Chil­dren who weren’t in­volved were scared,” said a nearby res­i­dent who asked not to be named.

“It was hor­ri­ble. The teach­ers were scared and some of the stu­dents were knock­ing on doors of the staffroom to get away from it all.”

A Scots mum who lives in the area was con­fronted by a group of boys dressed in drag uri­nat­ing on a neigh­bour’s garage. She said: “I came out­side and saw them throw­ing beer bot­tles in the street. When one started piss­ing on the garage I told them to leave and they said, ‘f... off’, then ran away.”

They left smashed beer bot- tles and wa­ter­mel­ons as they fled along Car­ring­ton St.

An­other neigh­bour saw cars be­ing tram­pled and tyres re­moved as stu­dents sat on the ve­hi­cles’ roofs. He said: “There was spray-paint­ing ev­ery­where and kids were run­ning down the road scream­ing and swear­ing. It was dis­gust­ing. Teach­ers were pow­er­less.”

It is un­der­stood po­lice were called af­ter the stu­dents be­gan loi­ter­ing out­side the school gates on Victoria Rd.

Po­lice con­firmed they at­tended the school, where “about 150 male stu­dents were ex­hibit­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour”. How­ever they said the stu­dents were “moved on with­out in­ci­dent”.

“There were no ar­rests but about 150 youths were given a move-on di­rec­tion and they com­plied,” a spokesman said.

How­ever sev­eral stu­dents out­side the school gates yes­ter­day claimed up to 50 se­niors had been sus­pended.

Scots is one of the most ex­pen­sive schools in the state, with a 12-year ed­u­ca­tion cost­ing around $575,000.

The school did not re­turn calls yes­ter­day.

A se­cu­rity guard out­side Scots Col­lege yes­ter­day.

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