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Rape culture: apologies from two Wellington College students

The two Wellington College students who last week made rape comments on social media have today apologised for what they said. The students are not being named, as they are minors.

Apology from Student 1:
“To everyone concerned I am so sorry for saying what I did.

“It was an error of judgement and I was stupid for saying it. It was meant to be a joke (stupid thing to say) that I shouldn’t have said and I wasn’t being serious at all. I feel really bad for making that comment. I would apologise myself to all the people it has affected but I don’t know who they all are. I have learned a lot over the last week and I hope others can learn from what I did and don’t do it. It is a really destructive attitude that leads to these sort of comments and I don’t want others to make the same mistake as me because it hurts lots of people and it is not OK under any circumstances to write and say what I did, or to joke about it.”

Apology from Student 2:
“I want to give my sincerest apologies to the Wellington College School, the Wellington College Community, the Principal and students, my family and all those I offended.

“The actions I took on Facebook last Sunday night have been detrimental to everyone associated with the school and the wider community.

“What I said was completely out of line and I deeply regret saying it.

“Many people have talked to me about what I did. I certainly didn’t think about that and I have learnt about how important it is not to do what I did.

“I know what I did was wrong and I would like to say sorry to all those who were offended by my actions. And I hope others learn from my experience and don’t post messages like the one I posted.“

Disciplinary action against both students