Students caught filming up teachers' skirts
Police are investigating five year 9 boys from a prestigious Catholic boys' college on Sydney's northern beaches who shared sexual images of two female teachers on Facebook.
The boys, from St Augustine's College at Brookvale, used iPhones to photograph and video up the skirts of the two teachers and then shared the images on a specially created thread on Facebook.
The boys were suspended from the school, while another five boys who followed the Facebook thread have been "disciplined".
It is understood the offenders have had "re-enrolment" interviews and have returned to the school.
Fairfax Media has been told that the boys had been capturing the images for several months.
In a statement to staff from the college's head of school, Matthew Hutchison, the boys' behaviour was described as "calculated". The statement said the teachers had been "betrayed" by the boys, who had committed a criminal offence.
"This incident has caused a great deal of hurt for everyone involved and I imagine all of you are extremely angered with the ill-treatment of your colleagues," Mr Hutchison's statement said.
"It is also a time for us to look deep within our community, to address a possible imbalance of power between female staff and boys, and to challenge the boys' moral compass in this over-sexualised world."
Mr Hutchison's statement said that after discovering the "critical incident", the college immediately contacted police to seek advice, and a criminal investigation was underway.
The female teachers are understood to be on stress leave.
Mr Hutchison said the boys' actions had caused the teachers "incredible hurt and distress".
A parent with a year-nine boy at the school told Fairfax Media that he was "totally disgusted" by the incident.
"I am outraged that these boys have returned to the school ... I do not want my year 9 son at school with these sorts of boys," the parent, who did not want to be identified, said.
The principal of the college, Tim Cleary, said he would not comment on disciplinary matters involving students.
He would not confirm if the boys had returned to the school, or how long they had been photographing the teachers.