A private boys’ school in Christchurch has apologized to those who had suffered historic abuse there and appointed an independent facilitator to help secure redress.
Christ’s College started contacting all of its old boys in December of last year after a former student informed the Royal Commission of Abuse in Care about peer violence and bullying in the 1970s.
In his apology, School Board Chairman Hugh Lindo said many of those contacted since then were also abuse survivors and had received “numerous emails from old boys describing their own traumatic experiences at the college. “.
They described a culture of bullying in all its forms, “ a culture where they were victimized, a culture where they were not safe, a culture where corporal punishment was tolerated, and a culture where they could not. ask for help and, if they did, it wasn’t there, ”he says.
There was probably a much larger group that might never come forward, Lindo said.
“To this group, we recognize your suffering, recognize that for you Christ’s College was a frightening place and that we could not protect you. For that, we are sorry.
The college was now dealing with this aspect of its history and for many it had taken too long, he said.
“We are now putting the interests of our old boys above those of college. That was not always the case.”
As part of its complaints handling process, the council granted redress and said this may involve compensation.