SCHOOL SEX ABUSE COVER-UP ROCKS BLUE MOUNTAINS! Katoomba High teacher Gavin Malcolm Duncan arrested over alleged criminal sexual relationship with 17yo schoolgirl

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37 Comments

  1. From what I’ve seen of this kind of thing in other schools the Principal and VP’s will get as far away from this as they can. That will involve total denial of knowledge of any alleged improper practices by Duncan or any other staff. The first priority will be to protect their careers and reputations.

  2. He was a mathematics teacher, the PE department are all lovely people, please dont align him with them

  3. He was one teacher at KHS,
    The staff facility at KHS are fabulous hard dedicated educators please don’t tarnish the whole school of educators ,and students who want to learn to one man that is not ok.
    Please ensure all your information is correct before you publish as this affects many hard working individuals staff and students.

    • They are failing to communicate anything with the school community. That is a massive problem.

      • They weren’t allowed to by request of the police, as soo as she was given the all clear ms Boyall sent a letter to every family from the school

    • I went to school there. Katoomba High is one of the most horrific schools in the country with bullies and creeps on staff. Glad this place is finally copping some bad press.

  4. I gotta say that this is upsetting to see this but you gotta look on the other side that the girl would always come to his classes every time he had a class with students or not she would constantly do it

    • Children can’t give informed consent. STOP with this BS. He abused his power and a child. THat’s it

      • 17year Olds can, of course, as 16 is the age of consent.
        The issue is the teacher is in a position of authority, so has additional obligations.

      • False and untruthful article. Shame on you for disrespecting a woman that had always wanted the best for her students. She has created so many opportunities for us and is that kind of person that will always make time for you. The police did not allow her to release information to your pathetic news page. Maybe because the issue is going to court?!
        Since the start she has been honest with the parents and students, releasing some informational emails and holding meetings for year groups(she even offered counseling).
        Guess “true crimes weekly” did an oopsie

    • She would go to his classroom constantly and they would just sit alone in his classroom during recess and lunch and free periods

    • The girl was under his care and he abused that. If you can’t understand why that is wrong, stay away from children.

      • Can you not put him down she admitted that she consented and even initiated the sexual act they she was of the legal age of consent it this isn’t as big of a deal as you are making it

  5. Done your job, without proof you have tried to destroy the mans career and the school. Look at the size of the jump in numbers at the school to see how the school and especially the Principal are respected. And the author of the piece no broadsheet for you not even a tabloid not even the daily telegraph, you ply your trade on a dirty little website. Pathetic.

  6. This article is libellous and should be removed immediately. As a parent at the school, I am well aware that the school acted as soon as the information became known, and that Mrs Boyall emailed all parents when permitted by the Department to do so. (As this matter is the subject of a Police investigation, it was not her call to release information prior to receiving formal authority to do so.) The fact that Mrs Boyall would not respond to calls from your rubbishy tabloid is a reflection of the quality of your publication rather than a ‘cover up’. I am confident that the school took all necessary action in relation to managing this appalling situation, a situation of which Mr Duncan holds complete responsibility.

  7. There has been next to no communication with parents regarding this matter, it was only when this news story came out did we get a email, and now its in the Blue Mountains Gazette today. this has been going on for months apparently. as a parent I’m quite concerned.

  8. Keyboard warriors with your two sense maybe stop and think how it is to any involved reading all of this. It’s not the first time. Have some respect.

  9. If anything in this article around the culture of thin blurred boundaries with KHS PE staff (above and beyond the arrested former staff member) is even slightly true then the school needs to take immediate action and truly change the way they work.
    But it seems the progressive community around the school has as typically reflected with sexual abuse cases … turned to victim blaming and the defence of perpetrators and potential alleged perpetrators. And the school is going into victim mode. Yet this happened on their watch. There are outstanding teachers at KHS. Passionate professional inspirational and dedicated. The principal has done some incredible work.

    But this has bought to the light some very dark shadows
    There was a meeting for all year 10, 11, 12 students yesterday about this situation. Except the principal and teachers broke down crying.. Was the meeting for the traumatised students to feel better or the guilty by association staff?
    Where was the school staff and management when it was well known by students that the teacher was doing something unethical? And the consistent whispers by students about the PE dept? Were they turning a blind eye to their golden Boy PE department. (Why is it always the PE department!!!!) Someone said you can smell the youthful arrogance and smug sleaziness of the male PE teachers. Two in particular. So why didn’t someone on staff say something? Surely someone did which causes us to think that there was prior knowledge about the culture of blurred boundaries.
    Students had long been feeling unease, just one instance was witnessing blatant inappropriate displays of flirting by the PE teacher at a camp with the prac student. And everyone knew there were favourite girls who the PE department nurtured and spent lots of time with. Some girls gave up PE because of feeling uncomfortable with the male teachers.

    Let’s assume the following…..
    The victim after being flirted with by Duncan ( who allegedly had also targeted year eight girls) was encouraged on her school girl crush by him and became besotted with him. A professional and ethical teacher would have obviously not encouraged in the first place and stopped it in his tracks. But he encouraged it, manipulated her and led her on. He betrayed his trusted role as teacher and exploited her naivety and vulnerability. and my guess is she was a vulnerable teenager. Best guess is she was feeling unloved, in conflict with parents and falling off the rails generally. Most abusers target vulnerable victims. They groom them until the boundaries are complete blurred. Anedoctal and evidenced based research have proven that teenagers who are part of so called teenage “affairs” with teachers or adults in positions of power experience deep trauma and have long term detrimental effects on their life particularly if they are blamed.

    Lots of local women are being silenced in their concerns over what has happened and the silence surrounding it. This article has been vilified and so has anyone saying anything against the schools handling of it. The community is going into protect the school and the staff. What about the victim? And the girls out there who have felt uncomfortable and experienced inappropriate behaviour from the PE department but won’t come forward for fear of upsetting their school or their principal?
    Yes we support our school and want to assume that there is no cover up or nefarious behavior by PE staff and that where we send our kids is a safe place with just one aberration. But let’s get this clear….

    The school can take a leadership role in changing the victim blame narrative and setting up a culture where adults are trusted figures and children and young people are safe and protected. Or they won’t.

    • You offer a lot of assumptions and claim insight from a very lofty perch. I would question your motives. Unless you have more information based on facts as opposed to speculation then your words are as empty as the piece your commenting on. This has along way to go supporting a Principal who has turned around a school is a natural reaction for most parents. Your comments are both questionable and without merit.

  10. Sorry I forgot one more point if I may. If you knew about so called whispers and inappropriate behaviour at a camp then why didn’t you do something about it. Perhaps hindsight or just plain gossip fits your profile a little better. I’ll wait for the facts and in the meantime put my faith in the Principal and not idle speculation aimed at demeaning both school and parents.

    • Alan you raise a very good point. I had no prior knowledge until this all comes pouring out in the days following the court date release. And it begs the question why? If the number of students allegedly aware of the immoral situation at the time is true then surely some parents would have been told. Why did they not reach out to the school or police? They are as much to blame as the possibility that certain staff at the school were aware.
      Our conscience as a community is in the spotlight and we must make this a learning experience to further protect children and young people.

      PS people questioning how such a serious situation was handled does not detract from acknowledgement of the great work done by the principal and most of the staff. That can sit side by side. But we must take a good hard look at ourselves and how we go on.

      • Right or Wrong, educators’ careers are ruined if these issues are not reported properly. I’ve heard of at least two Principals who were sacked because they did not correctly or appropriately report such issues. These Principals did nothing wrong except trust those less than trustworthy teachers.

  11. I don’t condone what he done but most blokes in he’s position prob would have done the same thing but would never happen to them because there too ugly

  12. I cannot believe some of the comments. Early days. So let’s be patient and trust that it will show up in the wash in time. I am a home schooling advocate, my child was schooled at home until year 5, when he asked to go to mainstream school, I did as he needed. I did it reluctantly and I did it against my will. No one loves our kids like we do and no one cares for their well being like a loving and devoted parent. School is not a safe place, not entirely, not really.My child went to high school at this particular school, a male student. I worked hard to be vigilant, I was on the job, always. I never felt complacent. All my experiences with Mrs Boyall were positive from memory, a well meaning and sincere woman. He never mentioned anything of this nature was going on while he was there. As she is not omnipotent, she can only have done so much. I’m sure she would not have allowed such behaviour if she was aware it was happening. However, that it did is the issue and it needs to be properly investigated. As such, anything which sheds any kind of light is going to bring truth to the surface. But it will take time to show. Mistakes may or may not be made, none will matter if the truth is the object of focus. A person in such a role cannot step over that line and be excused. No amount of student involvement or consent can make what he is accused of ok. His role is to teach, not to engage in sexual activity with his students. Any teacher who does should lose their license and be shamed publicly. Accountability, on show for all to witness. We need to feel that our children are safe, the teacher is a care giver, not an abuser. What has our society come to? So much is blurred and so many of us are taking liberties we should never feel free to take. This is not ok, none of it. Instead of attacking the journalist, however en point his reporting style is or is not, let’s take a moment to fully grasp the issue at hand. A person in a role of responsibility has abused that role. The law should do it’s job and he should be punished appropriately. School numbers don’t come into it, innocent teachers will not go down if in fact they’re innocent and no one has a thing to fear unless they have engaged in similar behaviour. In which case, they should be concerned. The spotlight is on and KHS is on the news. Every fool has his/her day. Keep it in your pants guys. Just a personal perspective, I never liked this Mr Duncan, he is a smug, arrogant, narcissistic type, just the type who will just because he can. Shame. I think psychological testing should be done on people in such positions and regularly. They pose a real danger when left unchecked. If I could see it with the naked eye, imagine what could have been gleaned from a test.

  13. It hasn’t been proven and the funny thing about all this is the fact that all this mums trying to make it all about them “oh no my child has been traumatised by this event let’s make it all about me” it’s fucking funny

  14. Who cares wether he was a maths teacher or pe teacher the fact of the matter is he was having sex with a student and let’s not brat around the Bush if it was known by students around the school there is no denying the teachers and staff weren’t aware of it ! And the whole the principal wasn’t allowed to advise the parents of the situation is a crock of shit! She has a duty of care and that duty of care is to provide parents with such information immediately! It’s about time the mountains stopped covering up this kind of shit to try to maintain a perfect image !

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