It's mad to think about now, but I actually went to a small musical school from 9-13 and the term I joined, they'd just uncovered and "moved on" a paedophile from the live in staff. The official story they told us was that he'd got shingles, and had left to focus on his health.|
As the school was attached to a certain world renowned cathedral which may or may not have just hosted a former PMs funeral, they decided that they would deal with the situation in the traditional way - denying all knowledge publicly, and hushing up all the parents involved. There was no prosecution, no jail term and no bad press.
Being nine at the time I joined, I had no real understanding of what had happened, but it's frightening to think that some of those guys I was at school with, statistically, will probably go on to enact some form of abuse themselves, though I hope that's not the case. They certainly got no support at the time, so I hope they've since sorted themselves out.
Sadly, the school was in the news again a few years ago as a certain female member of staff who joined while I was there was pulled up on child sex abuses during her time at the school. The case collapsed because of the "historic" nature of the allegations meant that the people involved were unreliable witnesses or something. That place was just a fucking hive of it, it seems.
Interestingly, the school I went to from 13-18 has had it's fair share of scandals too, but I suppose you never really think of it in the same terms, even if the age difference, relatively, is small. At least two of the music teachers were moved on (I'm starting to see a pattern here) for fucking teenage girls (one of them was in a relationship with another member of staff at the time!!!) and another one of the male teachers for engaging in a relationship with a lad in my year (we'd have been about 17 at the time).
Is that also a bit noncey? Hmmm....