School rocked by staff scandal hit again
FRIDAY PM: The School has released a letter to parents describing "another incident relating to a (different) previous staff member."
"The charges relate to historical conduct, occuring fourteen (14) years ago.
"The former teacher has been charged in relation to indecent treatment of a minor."
FRIDAY AM: Parents at one of the Sunshine Coast's most prestigious schools have been shocked by allegations of "serious misconduct" between a staff member and a Year 12 student.
In a letter to parents yesterday, Sunshine Coast Grammar School principal Maria Woods said police had been called to investigate claims from 2008.
The staff member resigned last week and Mrs Woods' letter was not specific about his role at the school.
She said she was "deeply shocked and saddened" to learn of the allegations and the safety and wellbeing of Grammar's students were "paramount".
"I can assure you that SCGS acted swiftly and decisively to protect the interests of our students and the wider school community as soon as we became aware of the allegations," Mrs Woods said in her letter.
"I want to assure you that safety of children within our care is our highest priority."
She had informed Grammar staff about the allegations yesterday and they would continue to provide ongoing support to students and to each other.
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The school had engaged a professional counselling service for students and families and a confidential phone line had been set up for families wanting to contact a professional counsellor.
Mrs Woods and the school's chaplain would be available.
The school chapel would be open from 1-4pm tomorrow and Sunday and a counselling service would operate at the school from Monday.
"News of this nature is deeply shocking and I am conscious many of you will have a number of questions," Mrs Woods said in her letter to parents.
"Out of respect for those involved and in accordance with due process, I am unable to make further comment about the matter.
"I will endeavour to keep you informed as best I can."
A parent who spoke to the Daily after receiving the principal's letter said she was shocked.
"It was the first I'd heard of it but my children are only in the primary," she said.
"There may have been some talk amongst parents or students in the senior years but I hadn't heard anything."
She said the news hadn't affected her faith in the school.
"I appreciate the fact it is being addressed and firm action is being taken."
The Police Service Child Protection and Investigation Unit is investigating.