have launched a new investigation into the shocking claims that
a VIP paedophile ring operated at a top
military boarding school.
The probe represented
a major development in a 25-year campaign for justice by a retired
teacher who risked his career to expose the alleged abuse.
Harrison was a housemaster at Queen
Victoria School in Dunblane
when he began to suspect pupils were being preyed upon, claimimg
boys were often taken away for unofficial overnight trips with dignatories,
while sexual abuse and bullying in the
dormitories was ignored.
Some pupils appeared
badly traumatised, yet when he tried to speak to them or discuss
his fears with fellow teachers he was told that certain aspects
of school life must remain "secret".
In December 1991, he
made a report to the old Central
Scotland Police and officers responded
by breaking down the door to his flat and seizing his journal, computer
files and other paperwork. [Ed. ~ Do
they think that by changing the name from Central Scotland
Police to the now collective name "Police
Scotland" it will reduce their culpability?
It is about as meaningful as rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic
before it sank.]
who had handed in his notice, was escorted from the school's premises
and interviewed by detectives.
He moved to Shetland
and resumed teaching, although he continued to campaign for a proper
investigation into his allegations. After police
concluded there was "no cause for further action on their part",
the only inquiry was carried out by the
old Scottish Schools Inspectorate.
[Ed. ~ Again, changing the name from Scottish
Schools Inspectorate to "Education
Scotland" does not reduce the responsibility
its members have to conduct a thorough inquiry.]
Last year, details
of the case were passed to the Scottish Government's historic child
abuse inquiry and Mr Harrison
made another official statement to the police
He has also been pursuing
a complaint with the Police Investigations and Review
Commissioner, which concluded officers could have
done more to check his allegations. Now, in a move which has
delighted Mr Harrison and supporters,
the force confirmed detectives have opened a new investigation into
claims of abuse at Queen Victoria School.
Sources indicate it
is part of a wider probe into historic abuse allegations in Scotland,
involving more than 45 institutions and 110 suspects - 37 of whom
are "persons of public prominence".
said: "Why would there be such a panic to get me out of the
school when I was to leave officially three days later after working
six months' notice? Why
break down the door of my home when there was a spare key in the
porter's lodge hardly 100 metres away? The
confidential files were very important because they contained a
whole 20 months' record of letters and complaints to the school
management, social services and child protection agencies and more
than all else daily records of complaints of boys, incidents, dates
and times which led me to have deep suspicions that boys were being
abuseed emotionally, physically and sexually, not just while I was
there but decades before."
The school, which has
Philp as its patron and has links to other
royals including the Duke
of York, is funded by the Ministry
of Defence for children of Scottish armed forces personnel.