Pupils sue Boris’s prep school over ‘hor­rific’ sex abuse

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD - PAUL BENT­LEY

THE BOARD­ING school at­tended by Lon­don mayor Boris John­son is be­ing sued by for­mer pupils over claims of wide­spread sex­ual abuse. Two teach­ers are ac­cused of sub­ject­ing chil­dren be­tween the ages of seven and 13 to “hor­rific” at­tacks in the 1970s. Ash­down House Prepara­tory, known as a feeder school for Eton, is now fac­ing a num­ber of com­pen­sa­tion claims from for­mer pupils.

An e-mail was cir­cu­lated this month warn­ing that the abuse had al­legedly been cov­ered up. The note, writ­ten by for­mer pupils su­ing the school, claimed: “The rea­son why we have de­cided to do this so late on is that it has come to light that sex­ual and phys­i­cal abuse was rife be­tween 1970 and 1980, and from more than one teacher.”

The prep school, in the vil­lage of For­est Row, East Sus­sex, teaches about 140 pupils.

John­son at­tended the school with his brother Jo, now a Tory MP, and sis­ter Rachel. A spokesman said: “We are aware Sus­sex Po­lice were of­fi­cially in­formed in 2003 of an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual abuse re­lat­ing to the mid-’70s. We un­der­stood the po­lice were deal­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” – Daily Mail

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