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.
Glenn Harrison LINK
was a housemaster at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane LINK
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 ~ No pardonable excuse was ever
forthcoming for this transgression. On another note, do they
think that by changing the name from Central Scotland Police to
the now collective name "Police Scotland" it will reduce
their culpability? Changing the moniker is about as meaningful
as rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic before it sank.]
Mr Harrison, who had
handed in his notice, was escorted from the school's premises and
interviewed by detectives.
He moved to Shetland and resumed teaching LINK,
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
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 in Lerwick.
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
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".
Mr Harrison 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
The school, which has Prince Philp LINK
as its patron and has links to other royals including the Duke of
is funded by the Ministry of Defence for children of Scottish armed
[Ed ~ Nothing became
of this would-be investigation by Central Scotland Police.
Alas, it was but another false promise to kindle hopes only to extinguish
them behind the scenes. This demonstrates once again that loyalty
to fellow Freemasons supersedes any other loyalty within Central
Scotland Police - and further afield. LINK]