Fairfax high school has been hit with an avalanche of complaints from students and parents following the discovery of sexually explicit videos posted online by students last week.
The Fairfax High School Sexual Abuse Response Team has received nearly 400 complaints from Fairfax students and staff, many of which have been passed on to the school.
In a statement, Fairfax principal Richard Tufnell said the district was taking a “careful and responsible approach” to responding to the complaints and to “protect the safety of students, staff and visitors”.
“The allegations made in this report do not reflect our values of tolerance, respect and mutual respect, and we are deeply disappointed by the behaviour of a small minority of students who have been disrespectful, disruptive, and hurtful,” he said.
The police have been called to investigate the alleged inappropriate behaviour of students and have requested assistance from Fairfax High to assist with their investigation.
Mr Tufell said Fairfax would continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students, and that students’ “right to free speech” had been protected.
“This is an important issue for the students, their families and for the wider community, and I will continue to work with Fairfax High as part of our wider response to the concerns raised in the report,” he added.
A report on the Fairfax school, which is about 300km east of Sydney, revealed students were asked to send explicit images of themselves to a teacher and an administrator in an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence against women and girls.
“Students were encouraged to upload videos to social media and share photos, and students were encouraged that ‘no-one will know’, ‘it is ok to be gay’ and ‘it’s ok to get naked’ were all part of the message,” the report said.
“The report also said that some students had asked teachers for nude photographs of themselves and that the students’ requests were often ignored.”
Students at Fairfax High were not named in the Fairfax report but the school’s principal told the ABC they were not aware of the matter.
“I think that’s what you’ll hear from students.
They’ve been told that the school is doing the right thing by saying that this is not OK,” Mr Tufett said.
He said the allegations were being investigated and that he would “absolutely not” speak about them.
“I’m not going to get into what the investigations are about or who they are about,” he told the broadcaster.
The Fairfax school has now suspended the students involved in the videos.
More to come.