Stu­dent as­sault on trip over­seas

The West Australian - - NEWS - Gabrielle Knowles and Rourke Walsh

Stu­dents and teach­ers at a pri­vate Perth boys’ school have been sus­pended over al­le­ga­tions of a sex at­tack dur­ing an over­seas sports trip.

The Week­end West has been told that in a hor­rific bul­ly­ing at­tack, a Year 11 boy was al­legedly held down by sev­eral Year 12 stu­dents and sex­u­ally as­saulted with an ob­ject.

It is claimed that two teach­ers ac­com­pa­ny­ing the stu­dents be­came aware of the al­le­ga­tions dur­ing the trip.

But they al­legedly failed to no­tify au­thor­i­ties or even the school, de­spite laws re­quir­ing teach­ers to re­port al­le­ga­tions of child sex­ual abuse.

De­tails of the al­leged in­ci­dent are be­lieved to have spread among stu­dents and even­tu­ally par­ents be­came aware of the ac­cu­sa­tions.

The par­ents of the Year 11 stu­dent con­tacted au­thor­i­ties but be­cause the al­leged of­fences hap­pened over­seas, WA Po­lice has no ju­ris­dic­tion.

The Week­end West has been told that once the school be­came aware of the al­le­ga­tions last term, two teach­ers were sus­pended and face los­ing their jobs.

The al­leged at­tack­ers have been sus­pended and may not be al­lowed to take their fi­nal ex­ams at the school.

The school sent a let­ter to par­ents and guardians yes­ter­day about the al­leged in­ci­dent.

The prin­ci­pal said the sit­u­a­tion was be­ing man­aged in con­sul­ta­tion with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties but could not pro­vide de­tails in the in­ter­ests of child safety.

“I can as­sure you that the col­lege is un­der­tak­ing a very thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­mains fully com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the safety and well­be­ing of all stu­dents,” he said.

The Teach­ers Regis­tra­tion Board of WA con­firmed it had been no­ti­fied by the school of al­le­ga­tions that had led to an in­quiry that in­volved po­lice.

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