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Every single current and former headmaster of a religious private schools around Australia are in for an ordinary couple of months, it has been confirmed.
This follows the news surrounding the resignation of the controversial headmaster of St Kevin’s College in Melbourne, following a 4Corners report into the school’s response to the grooming of a student by a former athletics coach.
Australia’s most prominent politicians and journalists, most of who went to schools like St Kevins, are at a loss of what to do about these revelations that suggest the Toorak boys school has acted the same way as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Abuse suggested that thousands of Christian private schools have behaved in the face of inconvenient accusations of pedophilia.
Numerous current and former staff, alumni and parents from St Kevin’s College told Four Corners the school had a history of failing to adequately deal with complaints of students who feel like they are being preyed upon by rock spiders.
It remains unseen as to why this institutional issue within elite private schools has only been brought to light after some of the St Kevins students were seen singing chauvinistic navy ballads on public transport, instead of in 2017 when the Royal Commission reported that 20% of all Christian clergymen in Australia have either perpetrated child sex crimes or protected those that have.
It seems the rumours your private school cousins tell about their ‘pedo teacher’ may in fact be true – with St Kevins being the tip of the iceberg.
Now, with the Australia’s leading anti-toxic masculinity activists leading the charge against what causes private school students to act macho in public (4Corners found this to be a culture generated out of the fear of being molested) – it seems the anecdotal stories coming out about dodgy teachers in every single boys school in the country might have to get re-examined.
This means the thousands of headmasters and ex-headmasters who may have been able to do more on their $650,000+ salaries, will not get much sleep tonight – or many nights for the next few months.
Australia’s public schools are, for the most part, in the clear – and now must focus on how to continue educating children without molesting them – on the scraps left over from the Government’s $860M sports and infrastructure rorts that helped them seal a one seat majority in the 2019 federal election.