Keith Perry received a suspended sentence this year because it was argued that his addiction to child pornography was a recent lapse. Is 16 years recent ? The school, St Paul’s, appear to have turned a blind eye but then what do you expect from a public school with 18 former teachers accused of sexual crimes against young boys ?
A paedophile teacher kept his job at a top public school for 16 years after pupils found his collection of indecent videos.
Keith Perry taught for 38 years at St Paul’s School, in London, where a police inquiry began last month into sex crimes allegedly committed against boys by 18 teachers since the 1960s.
Perry was convicted this year after police raided his home last summer and found almost 600 films and photographs showing the abuse of children. In online chat rooms, the “inspirational” former head of history spoke of being sexually obsessed with boys as young as eight.
Perry, 71, who retired in 2003, escaped a jail sentence after it was claimed in court that his addiction to the “utterly repellent” images was a recent lapse by a man of “exemplary character”.
It can be revealed today, however, that Perry’s viewing tastes were discovered in 1986, when boys in a St Paul’s boarding house found a collection of videos hidden behind a row of books in his study, where he often entertained pupils. It was always kept unlocked.
A former pupil told The Times that in Perry’s absence he and a small group of boarders watched an excerpt from one of the films. He said it showed a weeping boy, aged about 13, sitting naked on a chair. The child was instructed to perform a sex act.
Inquiries by The Times confirm the boy’s recollection of having been so disturbed by the video that he reported it to a teacher, who told the school’s senior management of the alleged discovery of “homosexual pornographic videos” in the assistant housemaster’s study.
The teacher said the pupil did not give him a detailed description of the video’s content and the school remained unaware of the allegation that some footage included the abuse of children. No investigation was conducted and no formal disciplinary action was taken against Perry.
It is understood that discussions led to Perry being “quietly advised” to move out of the boarding house, which housed 60 pupils aged from 13 to 18. He taught at St Paul’s for a further 16 years.
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Same corruption goes in Red Canada:
Criticisms of the Toronto District School Board and public education in Canada
From $143 overpriced pencil sharpener installations (TDSB’s $143 school pencil sharpener just the beginning ,Toronto Star) to a fetish publisher who was
responsible for the Ontario College of Teachers Disciplinary Committee (Teacher watchdog chair faces misconduct charges), the public education in Canada, particularly the Toronto District School Board is in need of a check on balances in management and the administration sector.
Recently, in June of 2014, one of the TDSB’s chairs resigned without notice (TDSB’s boss for the moment feels the heat right away, Toronto Star). The Toronto Star claims,
“Bolton has been chair as controversies have rocked trustees, including audits critical of TDSB spending and staff accusing trustees of bullying. He also helped the board endure the plagiarism scandal of former director Chris Spence.”
The above is clearly evidence that the management of the Toronto District School Board is filled with incompetence, unprofessional conduct, nepotism and cronyism.
It should be in the public’s interest to demand accountability, proper management and democracy in the public school boards of Canada, because the Toronto Star published in 2011 about
the hidden unprofessional activities which were condoned by the TDSB:
“Here are some of the people licensed in Ontario to teach your children.
1)A teacher who disciplined students by warning they would “spend time with a pedophile” and if the behaviour got worse it “would be without vaseline.”
2)A high school teacher whose female students said he called them “sluts,” “pole dancers,” “whore” and commented that tongue studs were for “oral sex.”
3)A teacher who shut Grade 8 students in a storage cupboard to discipline them.
4)A teacher who repeatedly took photos of Grade 8 girls with his cellphone.
5)A drunk teacher who sexually assaulted a store clerk.
6)A teacher who stole money students deposited with her for school trips to Europe.
7)A teacher who scared female Grade 6 students by drawing pictures depicting one girl’s death and tacking them to her dormitory window during a three-day outdoor education trip.
8)A principal and vice-principal who did not report a child’s allegations of sexual abuse, as required by law.”
For case 6, former teachers allege that the female teacher who stole monies was eventually transferred to the Toronto School Administrators Association (TSAA) because she had previous misconduct ranging from “sexual conduct with a student in 1999” to “posing for an inappropriate photograph with three adolescent male students”. The former teachers also claim that the female teacher is in cahoots with other high status teachers, and she is more likely to be defended by the TSAA and TDSB despite her conduct.
This claim is certainly true when court documents revealed that the female teacher is represented by the Ontario Principals Council in what appears to be censorship lawsuits masquerading
as defamation lawsuits (otherwise known as SLAPPs):
1)Case name not on file
Movant: Vivian Mavrou, Gordana Stefulic, Ontario Principals' Council and Varla Abrams
Case Number: 5:2013mc80237
Filed: November 1, 2013
Court: California Northern District Court
Office: San Jose Office
Referring Judge: Paul Singh Grewal
Presiding Judge: Lucy H. Koh
Nature of Suit: Other
A whistleblower claims that one of the administrators in the suit “was responsible for luring a male school bully into her car while she was Vice Principal of Silverthorn Collegiate Institute”. It should be noted that in the above lawsuit, all these administrators are female, and they claim that any criticism or allegation about them is slander, while they attempt to ignore the 1st amendment and the SPEECH Act when requesting subpenas in their lawsuit docket.
This is no surprise. Because the Toronto Star article (Predator teachers: Students ruined by teacher sex assaults) is enough reason to suspect that the Toronto District School Board, the Ontario College of Teachers, the teachers unions and the Ontario Principals Council are in allegiance with unprofessional teachers.
What is deeply concerning, and should be a matter for interest to parents, is that the teachers organizations in Canada will deny the allegations even if there are victims of sexual assault caused by those teachers. The Toronto Star states,
“When the police arrested Baggio he broke down and cried. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2005, appealed and was free on bail until the appeal was denied earlier this year. He began serving his sentence in January.
The family of one victim is suing the school board alleging that it failed the protect her. The case will go to trial within a year. The school board has denied the allegation.”
Imagine if the teacher predator had the power to collude with the Ontario Principals Council to file defamation lawsuits. This will eventually encourage corruption in the public school board
and create a hammer on free speech in Canada.
Macleans and the Toronto Star reported in 2010 that (one of the administrators in the lawsuit) suspended a male student for his criticism of the school she was administrating as Principal. (See: School suspends teen who criticized athletics program, Toronto Star)
It is up to the journalists, civic activists and concerned parents to demand that the Toronto District School Board and teachers unions increase their transparency, accountability
and management expectations in order to foster a value for taxpayers monies and to ensure parents that their children are given the best education they deserve.
Lets have a campaign to ban public schools which are the root of so many ills in British society. Pull them down and watch the natural order beautifully assert its self
I was taught by perry and he was quite reasonable and not at all abusive. There were many far far worse who abused me on a regular basis.
I remember Perry as quite a kind and humorous teacher. I also remember that as boys we knew the teachers that liked to have the pretty boys around them, not that there were anything but the vaguest rumours of anything actually happening. If anything, we joked about it, but that’s what 9 and 10 years do. This was the early 90s by the way, so maybe when the worst days were past.
MPs ‘monitored by Scotland Yard during 1990s’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32044580
MPs monitored by Scotland Yard during 1990s
“Any parent who sends their children to these vile schools should be charged with neglect despite spending thousands to put their children into the hands of the perverts who abuse them. We have ALWAYS had serious concerns about boarding schools where children are at a distant from their biological parents and open to widespread abuse.
‘My sadist teachers at St Paul’s prep school betrayed a generation’: Sinister swimsuit inspections. Senseless beatings. Casual cruelty. Ex-pupil lifts lid on 70s regime at top schools being investigated for sex abuse
I’m one of a class of 15 eight-year-olds, shivering as I stand by the edge of a state-of- the-art swimming pool. The master walks along the line, pulling open the front of each of our standard-issue red trunks so that he can stare inside and ‘inspect our name tag’. This happens every week, to every class.
Why it’s so important that each pair of trunks be so rigorously identified with its owner is something we are never told. And it isn’t just the eccentric action of one strange man but an institutional practice. The school has specifically insisted that each boy’s name be sewn into the front of his trunks.
I recall my mother proudly doing as instructed while we considered the strangeness of this protocol – one of those mysterious rites of public school culture that one didn’t question if one wanted the privilege of sending one’s son to a place of grand tradition. Could the reason, which seemed so obscure then, really be so blindingly, pathetically obvious now? Our teacher, one year, is a charismatic man. He is also a sadist of whom we are in perpetual terror. I return to his classroom from a music lesson one day to discover him in a frenzy of rage, provoked by some unspecified act of insolence from a boy in our class – our hero, the best at sports and the best-looking. Our teacher drags him bodily across the desk, ripping the buttons from his shirt, beating him – with a fierce backhand – so badly across the face that he draws blood. Then he places our sobbing classmate across his lap and, in a bizarre display of sympathy, begins to stroke his head and back while offering a detached third-person narrative – ‘This is where the boy weeps, this is where the master feels regret’ – which, looking back on it, I can only describe as pornographic, post-coital even.
These are a few examples of what is now being called ‘historical’ abuse: not in Dickensian England, as the phrase might suggest, but the 1970s. Although my experiences were unpleasant, it turns out that I got off lightly. I was one of the luckier ones. Colet Court and its parent school, St Paul’s – which is often described as one of the top three independent schools in the country – together alma maters of Chancellor George Osborne, Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the billionaire Lloyd Dorfman (the founder of Travelex) et al, find themselves at the centre of a storm of media scrutiny. The schools are now, as a result, the subject of a massive police investigation into practices of sexual abuse and concealment dating from as far back as 50 years. Many of the incidents and practices I have already described will be familiar to anyone who has attended or read about public schools over the past five decades.
What is different in the case of St Paul’s is the scale. There are currently 18 masters being investigated, alive and dead, and 180 victims, witnesses, and potential witnesses have come forward. And the numbers are growing. So far, the media have focused on a handful of names: Anthony Fuggle, classics master at Colet Court, who left the school in September of last year after being arrested and released on bail for possession of indecent material discovered on a school computer. Keith Perry, history master at St Paul’s for 38 years, was convicted earlier this year for possession of indecent material involving the most serious level of child pornography. Paul Topham (deceased) was investigated but never convicted of sexual abuse.
Alan Doggett, music and boarding-house master at Colet Court until 1968, was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange who killed himself ten years after leaving the school when he was being charged with child abuse. Patrick Marshall, geography and rowing master, is currently on bail after allegations of abuse, which he denies.
‘Teacher hit my head so hard I was sick’
I clearly recall another occasion during my schooldays involving the same charismatic master who assaulted our class hero. He issues instructions over the school’s public address system that we are to assemble in the hall during lunch break – an unusual occurrence which presages high drama. We are not disappointed. Hands literally shaking, he announces that excrement has been smeared over one of the upstairs lavatories, and that he has made his class get down on their hands and knees to clean it up, describing them as ‘s***-house wallahs’. A number of them are sick. The combination of appalled indignation, disgust and excitement is, again, highly memorable – but perhaps hard to picture if you’ve never met such a man. One Monday morning I arrive at school to hushed talk among the other 11-year-olds. A boy I know has been forced into oral sex by a boarding-house monitor several years his senior. He is not the only one. And where was the boarding-house master, known to preside over his empire with a slipper, while this was going on?
We are expected to express no weakness, vulnerability or sympathy. The cruelty which our masters show to us we then visit upon one another singly or in groups, and soon we are doing their job for them. Bullying is commonplace and takes many forms, not just physical. The lingua franca of the school is a kind of sneering insolence, in imitation of our elders and seemingly with their approval. We learn to hate and humiliate one another. The most sympathetically advanced among us come to hate themselves, too. Friendships are more like strategic alliances. Violence and humiliation are perpetual and endemic: random fights, organised fights, boys dragged from changing rooms by their peers and thrown naked into the corridor, to howls of laughter. A conker fight for us doesn’t just mean the time-honoured schoolboy ritual but the use of conkers as missiles. After-school film shows on Friday nights are followed by riots that would seem more fitting at Belmarsh or in an H Block.
Like prison, the atmosphere is highly charged with sex, though not in any way you would associate with affection. We attack each other’s genitals as a matter of sport. But even though we are sometimes caught in these acts by our teachers, no comment or intervention is made. Inattentiveness, late homework or mischief in class or at games, however, are another matter. On the sports field, discipline is maintained with the unorthodox use of a cricket bat, preferably on naked buttocks in the changing rooms. In the classroom, the preferred media are chalk and those old-fashioned wooden blackboard rubbers, which hurtle through the air towards our unsuspecting heads. One especially good shot with a piece of chalk from a maths teacher prompts cheers from our class, excepting only the poor object of his target practice, from whom it elicits tears of pain and humiliation. But no fear, our own turn will come soon.
Mine comes at the hands of Mr White (RIP), an Army veteran with a perpetual grin that you mistake for good nature at your peril. For daring to communicate with the boy next to me in class he takes our heads and bangs them together six times (I can still count them) – with such force that I go home and vomit, and am unable to walk all weekend. When my mother asks why, I say I have a bug. The shame of what’s been done to me is so great I find myself unable to say it. My inability to tell what has happened does even more damage than the act of physical violence. We graduate to the senior school and life becomes moderately less savage. The violence recedes, but the cold atmosphere of unrestrained power and contempt remains. Where dog eats dog, the favoured attention of our masters provides some kind of solace and protection. My own protector is a seedy teacher who likes to tell me of his lust for young girls.
Then one day a boy climbs out of a third-floor window during class and drops 40ft to the atrium below, miraculously surviving, after which he is quietly removed from the school. An announcement is made over the public address system that we are not to discuss what has happened, neither among ourselves nor at home, and certainly not with the Press, on pain of expulsion. ‘A boy I know has been forced into oral sex by a boardinghouse monitor several years his senior. He is not the only one’
No efforts are made to engage with or understand what has happened and why. No counselling or explanation is offered. Omerta. In response to the current crisis, the school has issued a series of letters over the past few weeks to try to reassure current pupils, parents and governors that these crimes are historical in nature and the school is complying with police procedure. They mostly say that the school is an institution with nothing to hide or be ashamed of, modern in its standards of child welfare and transparency. Anyone tarnished by the emerging scandal, whether as an abuser or a concealer, is said to belong to ‘history’.
This confident separation of past and present, though comforting perhaps to the school and current pupils and parents, needs closer scrutiny. In a letter to parents dated May 1 of this year, Tim Meunier, headmaster of Colet Court, advises boys ‘not to gossip or chatter, either face-to-face or online, about matters that have been reported in the newspapers’. In a memo sent to all tutors on March 25 (the date of the first articles about the scandal) and forwarded privately by a concerned parent, High Master Mark Bailey advises tutors to tell their boys: ‘Do not indulge in careless talk on social networks […] It is neither appropriate nor sensible and saying anything defamatory could land you in serious trouble.’
The dangers of chatting online one can understand. But face-to-face? What does that say about current attitudes there and how much they claim to have changed? Surely an institution like this should be less confident of its position, more questioning, open, humble, curious, self-doubting and analytical? In response to questioning, St Paul’s said the boys have been told to talk about it if they wish, to speak to independent counsellors who have been provided, and to contact police or social services in the event of any concerns. The letters remind me of another incident that happened to me at Colet Court when I was eight. My father had, unbeknown to me, written the headmaster a letter. I had been in a fight with a boy who insulted me racially and my father, an East End Jew and Blitz survivor who was bursting with pride that he had come far enough in life to send his son to this prestigious place, wrote to the then headmaster Henry Collis (now deceased), in indignation.
Collis invited me to recount my side of the story, but when I began to say the boy’s name, he shut me up with a threatening wave of the finger and the admonition that ‘gentlemen don’t tell tales’. I was being told, in no uncertain terms, that I and my father didn’t understand the first rule of gentlemanly behaviour, which was not to talk out of school. I decided, out of pride for myself and my father, that I would henceforth make every effort to defy this man’s definition of a gentleman. I am delighted to be able to do so again here, on behalf of myself and of my late father.
The point of this is not to whinge about my treatment, but to question a mind set which, in my day, opened the gates to other kinds of immorality. The school has a history of not listening. Will it finally change? You can contact detectives investigating masters from the school on 020 7161 0500, or email email@example.com.
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Choirmaster Alan Doggett who launched careers of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and worked with them on Joseph is accused of sustained campaign of child abuse at George Osborne’s old school “
@gojam there is a blog all about st pauls school and colet court..
also Alan Dogget who was choirmaster who worked on jesus christ superstar..was a member of PIE also was at st pauls school as well
oddly enough…andrew loydd webber who composed Jesus Christ superstar lived in same road that lennie smith (sidney cooke gang) in belgravia when smith was shacked up with a ‘parliamentary type’ who also lived there…coincidences fall thick and fast..it seems
It is now clear that child abuse is institutional in our public shools and has been for decades if not hundreds of years. Abuse, corrupt, control thats how it works.
When are these people, going to get what they really deserve???? the same old crap!!!! it makes me really so angry. Things Have to Change….
Yet again we see that the establishment does nothing to protect the young,one a pedo allways a pedo,these low lifes ruin 1000s of lives and nothing is ever done,until we make a stand and demand new laws and real sentences,those at the top who seem to be of the persuasion as these low lifes will just let them of to ruin even more lives
good old public schools