A student from one of Moreton Bay’s prestigious private schools has claimed that other students sexually assaulted him with a broomstick while on a school camp.
The boy claims that while asleep on a school camp, three boys entered his room, ripped the sheets off his bed and sexually abused him with a broomstick.
“They tried to put the broomstick where it should not go,” the boy told the Courier Mail.
The student’s parents said they received text messages from their son who had barricaded himself in a closest, where he asked if it was okay to defend himself.
After the boy reported the incident to his school, Principal Paul Valese immediately opened an internal investigation and said that the situation is being dealt with.
“The students involved were dealt with in accordance with our student behaviour expectations and our policies. All parents were immediately informed and supportive of decisions made.”
He also said that reports had been made to Queensland Police and Mueller College would assist with investigations.
The parents of the boy have since made a formal statement with the police, but despite the assurance that the safety and wellbeing of students will be looked after, parents aren’t so sure.
NewsCop has been informed that parents of children who attend Mueller College are worried about the school camps and protection of their children, among other things.
We’ve been told that Mueller College starts their extensive school camping program in grade 2 and parents are concerned that their young children may be at risk while away from their families and in the care of teachers and staff.
Another concern that was raised included the teachers involvement in the incident and whether staff responded in a timely and correct manner.
Parents say that their kids are shocked at the behaviour of the boys involved in the incident and that it now has raised issues around the reporting of harassment and bullying.
They believe the incident may have set a precedence for bullying and children who speak up about other matters could be targeted.