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Australia: Don’t call it ‘rape’!

December 9, 2012

Call it a ‘discrepancy’.

A teenage boy has been charged with rape in Scotland and several fellow students have returned to Australia in disgrace after they were chosen to represent Sydney’s prestigious The King’s School in an international leadership exchange program….

In the latest scandal, a 16-year-old boy returned to Australia a fortnight ago after he was arrested, charged and remanded in custody over an alleged sexual assault at Scotland’s oldest boarding school, Loretto….

…one parent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, claimed King’s – Australia’s oldest independent school – had become consumed by a culture of ”cover up”.

She said: ”Power and influence rule the school and the boarder culture breeds bullying and contempt. This sort of behaviour is being excused again and again.”…

Fairfax Media is aware of the identities of several students involved in overseas discrepancies but has chosen not to reveal them.


King’s is a wealthy Anglican private school — though you have to look hard on its website these days to find any evidence of its religious affliliation — heavily subsidised by Australian taxpayers.

  1. corio37 permalink

    So would you like to comment on my response above? Is King’s fulsome self-adulation fully justified?

  2. For the benefit of all readers of this article, and for the boy that suffered this “trial by newspaper”, The charges were officially dropped within a month, and as was always reported, likely to be dropped from the beginning. There was no offense. Now this boy, a young boy must suffer the ignominy of having his name, now known to many, associated with an awful crime. Well done Sydney Morning Herald. So long as you got the private school dig in, thats all that matters! One parent who only commented on this blog on the condition of anonymity said “Its amazing what a bit of dodgy reporting can achieve!”.

  3. corio37 permalink

    Let me quote from the King’s website, which is, after all, primarily an advertisement aimed at parents:


    “The King’s School is an international authority on educating boys. The publication by the School of the bestseller, Boy oh Boy, a book on how to raise and educate boys, has assisted King’s in becoming an acknowledged authority on boys’ education.

    The National Boys’ Education Conference, hosted by The King’s School for the last decade, has become an advisor to the Federal Government on boys’ education. King’s has also been actively involved in the International Boys’ School Coalition and has made significant contributions to its conferences around the world each year….

    The King’s School, with its expansive grounds, is an ideal learning environment for boys. Within the safety of the School, boys can explore, play sport and engage in those activities not always possible to accommodate in other schools. King’s is a place where boys are allowed to be boys and where they can be mentored on their journey to manhood by strong and caring role models.

    It seems to me that if teenagers who are selected to represent an ‘international authority on educating boys’ can be credibly accused — if not yet convicted — of rape and other serious offences, to the point where their exchange programs are terminated, it casts a good deal of doubt on this taxpayer-funded institution’s credibility as a ‘learning environment’ and the beneficent influence of its ‘strong and caring role models’; and this in turn suggests serious deficiencies in the whole philosophy on which it is based. Don’t you agree?

  4. The notion that the offence mentioned is somehow related to the religious stance of the school bares no logic. Yes, the school is a proudly Anglican school, but this is no secret; in the view first words of the mission statement this is confirmed. The school attempted to send it’s best students on the program, but as always mistakes can be made. This has nothing to do with the religion of the school, and nor should the school be blamed.

    Finally, the student involved has not been convicted of the offence and shall still stand for trial.

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