looking worse for Boys’ High

25 Nov

Despite the attempt to defend the school (it was a good article too), things are looking even worse for New Plymouth Boys’ High with the whole front page of the Taranaki Daily News being dedicated to the school.
As well as the defence story, a bigger story was published; More allegations of `culture of bullying’ is the latest story about abuse and it gets worse.
With Campbell Live now picking up the story, this has seriously damaged the reputation on NPBHS. And it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

A few good/bad snippits from the article:

An independent inquiry is to be carried out into allegations of a culture of bullying at New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

A group of senior boarders and day students came to the school’s defence yesterday, against their teachers’ advice, admitting there was bullying at the school but saying it was no different to any other school in New Zealand. See: Students speak out for school.

Yesterday a former NPBHS teacher who has shifted schools came forward to support students’ claims that the abuse was widespread.
“During my time at the school a senior student reported to me that as a boarding student he had been raped with a bottle,” he said.

Yesterday a former student spoke about the effects the abuse had on him as a 13-year-old boarder in 2006.
He reported the abuse to staff who told him things would be dealt with – but they weren’t.

His mother said she feared her son could take his own life.
“I’m terrified that I won’t have a child at 21, I’m terrified that I won’t have a child at 16,” she said.

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