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Rape culture: Wellington College disciplines two students for their online comments

The Wellington College board of trustees tonight announced that disciplinary action has been taken against the two students who last week wrote rape comments on social media. Here is the board’s announcement:

“It is not usual for Wellington College to release the details of any disciplinary action but we are making an exception in the case of the two students who have been at the centre of public attention over the past week.

“As a result of discussions with the boys, their parents and in the formal disciplinary process, the two students will face the following consequences:

Both students will be stood down for a period of five days;
School leadership responsibilities have been withdrawn;
Neither student will be allowed to represent the school in any sporting or cultural activities for an agreed period of time;
Both students have made personal apologies and will undertake community work over the next months;
Both students will undertake education about consent and healthy relationships.

“Both boys are still under the age of 18 years and therefore some details are being withheld.

“This decision is consistent with the school philosophy of working with our students and their families wherever possible to support them to make positive changes that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

“We have been unequivocal with these students and the rest of the school that the views expressed online last week have no place in our school or our community.

“The School will continue to strengthen our existing education programmes on healthy relationships and consent. These have been in place for more than a year but we know we can do better. We are also going to be working with our parent community because it is clear that everyone has an important part to play in keeping everyone safe.”