COPS have launched a major sex and
bullying probe at a military school linked to Dunblane killer Thomas
teachers have been suspended at the posh MoD-run Queen Victoria School
in Dunblane, Perthshire. English lecturer James McNally and computing
head John Lawrence are accused of having "inappropriate relationships"
with female pupils.
Assistant head Lynn Smith and housemistress Ann MacDougal
were also sent home after education inspectors were alerted to allegations
of staff bullying.
It is the latest of many scandals to hit the boarding
school, which was also connected to gun nut Hamilton. LINK
He organised camping trips for pupils there before
going on the rampage at Dunblane Primary in 1996 and killing 16 children
and a teacher.
Last night a source said: "The school has been
dogged by claims of institutional bullying and sexual misconduct for
It has emerged that Central Scotland Police have been
called out TWICE this year after receiving complaints. Following
the visits, McNally and Lawrence were suspended.
The source added: "Complaints have been made that
they had 'inappropriate relationships' with girl pupils."
Smith and MacDougal were earlier suspended following
an inspection at the school - set up in 1908 to teach sons of Scots
servicemen - by education chiefs.
The insider said: "They were sent home following
personality clashes with other members of staff. There appeared
to be issues with other colleagues. Some people might call
it bullying. This only came out following an HM inspection
towards last year."
The scandal also follows allegations
in November 2003 that boys were sexually abused at the school which
has the Duke of Edinburgh as its patron. LINK
The claims came from a former housemaster who said
pupils were regularly preyed on by a vice ring of toffs.
The perverts - some of them major establishment names
- allegedly picked up their victims in limos before dropping them off
in a distressed state the next day.
But it was claimed the military code at the 270-pupil
school meant the students kept quiet about their ordeal.
The full horror emerged when some of the victims broke
down and told the housemaster their sickening tales of sustained sexual
It was claimed one boy was so seriously assaulted during
an orgy that he later tried to kill himself.
Angry politicians have regularly called for an investigation
into the school, whose pupils have also been rapped for drinking, assault
and bullying. In January 2000, boarders were expelled after
being caught having sex in a dormitory.
Five pupils were booted out and a sixth was suspended.
Three mixed couples, aged 16 and 17, were involved in three separate
incidents over three weeks.
On another occasion, two 17-year old boys were escorted
back from a trip to Brisbane, Australia, after they broke a strict curfew
and stayed out all night.
And two girls were sent home from a Duke of Edinburgh
Award trip to Fort William, Inverness-shire, after disrupting fellow
campers and stealing condoms.
In March 1998, a 14-year-old pupil was caught selling
cut-price alcohol to teachers after smuggling spirits into the school.
And another boy of 14 was expelled after he stabbed
a fellow pupil in the leg.
Police also launched an inquiry into claims that a
girl had been sexually assaulted by three pupils.
In the current scandal, one of the girls involved in
the inappropriate relationship claims is aged 18, the other is 17.
Last night, a spokesman for the school said: "There
are ongoing investigations into alleged incidents at the school.
These are being conducted internally by the school. Another matter
has been referred to the police and it is a matter for them."
The MoD admitted four teachers had been suspended.
A spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that - following
an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Education towards the end of last
year - two members from the school were suspended from duties and are
currently subject to an internal disciplinary investigation.
"We can also confirm that following a Central
Scotland Police investigation a further two teachers have been suspended
from the school."
She added: "The MoD has zero tolerance of inappropriate
behaviour or misconduct in any of its departments." LINK
A Central Scotland Police spokeswoman said: "We
are investigating alleged incidents at Queen Victoria School.
Enquiries are still ongoing and a report has been sent
to the fiscal."
Fee-paying Queen Victoria's has 122 female pupils and
148 male students.
[Ed ~ As patron of
QVS, and having been made aware of the physical and sexual abuse of
pupils there, why did Prince Philip not:
Distance himself from the
perverted exploitaion of pupils by withdrawing his patronage immediately
- Publicly condemn the abuse? and;
- Demand a public inquiry into the allegations?
I can think of only one reason. What about