An elite private school that supported a former running coach accused of taking care of a Year 9 student was forced to guide his students on public transport for fear of their safety for the public.
Peter Kehoe who coached at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne for $ 19,000 a year, was convicted of taking care of a child under the age of 16 in 2015.
The school principal, Stephen Russell, and sports chief Luke Travers wrote glowing character references for Kehoe in court, as revealed by the ABC’s Four Corners.
On Tuesday, Mr. Russell sent a letter to the parents stating that a schedule would be set up for teachers to travel with students to and from school for the rest of the week.
Students also refused to stand in front of Mr. Russell and sing the school song at a meeting, while anger continues to grow around the way the school treats the care of children.
Former running coach of Peter Kehoe of St. Kevin was sentenced in April 2015 and sentenced to a community promotion
“We have always taken the safety and well-being of our current students into account and have established schedules that employees use for public transportation during the rest of this week,” said Mr. Russell in the letter. The Australian reported.
Parents are now calling for Mr Russell and Mr Travers to be removed from the school.
‘(Parents are) just about in open revolt. Whatsapp groups are melting. They want Travers, Russell and the two teachers to be gone this week, “a parent said The Herald Sun..
The publication said the school confirmed that two more teachers were being investigated for abuse claims.
Other parents are again considering sending their children to school with a former St Kevin student, Joel Deane, who says that Mr. Russell “must take ultimate responsibility for the imperfections of the school that you run and resign.”
Elite Melbourne private boys’ school St Kevin’s College (photo) has been accused of cleaning up with an athletics coach after allegations of childcare have been made by a student
Some students have traveled without their uniforms in fear that they will be affected by the public.
One was in year 9 when his athletics coach Peter Kehoe started sending him disturbing messages on Facebook.
They included telling the boy that he loved him and said that his thighs were “beautiful” and that he was “the best since sliced bread.”
St Kevin’s College director Stephen Russell (photo) wrote a glowing reference letter for convicted sex offender and former coach Peter Kehoe prior to his 2015 conviction
When the victim, now 20, said he had a Japanese oral presentation, Kehoe replied, “That’s not the only oral thing you should do.”
The schoolboy also said that Kehoe commented on chocolate milk dripping over his face, making him feel “tense.”
The most traumatic incident occurred one day after training, when Kehoe invited the boy to his house to view old yearbooks.
“It was probably one of the scariest times of my life,” the boy told ABC’s Four corners.
The student only escaped the nervous situation when his mother called and Kehoe had to drive him home.
Athletic coach Peter Kehoe sent disturbing messages to the student of Year 9 (photo: models of the messages he sent)
Messages include the boy he loved and said his thighs were “beautiful” and that he was “the best since sliced bread”
The boy and his mother went to the police after the incident and Kehoe was accused of counting a child under the age of 16.
The schoolboy left the school while the case was being dealt with in court.
Bravely discussing how he became a victim of childcare, he said “everything changed in my life” from the moment he interviewed the police.
Kehoe (photo) was sentenced and sentenced to a community promotion in April 2015
Luke Travers, the dean of sport, also provided evidence to support Kehoe during the trial
Kehoe was convicted and sentenced to a community promotion in April 2015. He was also placed on the sex offender register for eight years.
The school has issued a statement that “the care and development of students, staff, and the wider St. Kevin community is and has always been our first priority.”
“The actions of Peter Kehoe were completely unacceptable and St Kevin’s College strongly condemns them. After his conviction, he was immediately denied access to the school or had any contact with the college or her students, “it was said.
“For legal reasons, St Kevin’s College is unable to comment further at this time.”
Prior to the release of Four Corners’ exposé, Mr. Russell wrote a letter to parents warning him that the lecture would appear on the program but did not go into detail.
“Dear parents and guardians,” the letter provided to 3AW begins.
“We are aware that St Kevin’s College will be featured in an ABC Four Corners program. It will probably be broadcast on 17 February.
‘We thought it was important to inform our parents about this program.
“We are currently seeking professional advice and will be better able to respond and communicate with you again once we have seen the actual program.”
The leader of the prestigious Catholic school then promised that children would receive “support” in the aftermath of the television report.
St Kevin’s College Toorak, founded in 1918, is a leading Catholic boys’ school
“Our students will be supported and spoken the day after the program at addresses and meetings suitable for their age,” he continued.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further until then. In the meantime, you can be sure that, as always, caring for our students is our first priority. “
Last October St Kevin’s College got into controversy after a video surfaced of students singing a sexist song in a tram.
The school responded by immediately suspending the students involved, but a second video came to light several days later from students still performing an x-rated rap.
After the leaked videos had generated negative publicity, a former student spoke out against the “misogynistic culture” that he believed was deeply rooted in the boys’ school.
St Kevin’s College, founded in 1918, is a leading Catholic boys’ school in Toorak, the most expensive suburb of Melbourne.
The student filed a civil claim at the school last year.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted St Kevin’s College for comment.