This is one of the most startling stories to emerge from the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse. It should be a great lesson for society.
A man (known as BIW) told the royal commission that he was abused when boarding at Geelong Grammar’s Highton campus for two weeks in 1989. He was 14 years old at the time and woke up one night with the abuser touching him (report here).
The next day he told his mother, and she reported it to the boarding house matron. A few days later he was called in for a meeting with the master of Highton House, Robert John Bugg, and the deputy, Paul Claridge. They drilled him for detail.
He agreed not to discuss the abuse until the school completed its own investigation. But after two students told him they had seen someone near his room that night, he told Mr Claridge. As reported in The Age, the vice-principal “exploded” and dragged him to the office.
He was made to sit for six hours until his mother collected him – then he was EXPELLED from the school (for telling lies?). It is now known the man was boarding house assistant Philippe Trutmann, who was later convicted of sexually abusing 41 Geelong Grammar students in the 1980s and 1990s.
Blind Institutional Allegiance
The expulsion case describes perfectly the blind faith and allegiance that people have for institutions that care for them.
And like our governments and the politicians that reside in Canberra, they too behave like Mr Claridge. Facing a crack in the prestigious Geelong Grammar school, Mr Claridge “exploded” – and probably called the young 14 year old lad “stupid and wrong”.
And facing a question from Member from Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, the then prime minister Julia Gillard said that Mr Kevin Braken was “stupid and wrong” to question the official story of 9/11.
With September 11 only a few days away, Gumshoe will again be “stupid and wrong” in questioning the official lies.
It took 24 years for BIW’s expulsion story to get through. Maybe in 2025, or when Cheney is dead, there will be a retraction of the official 9/11 myth.
It seems that politicians and those running our institutions suffer from the “stupid and wrong” syndrome. They become institutional defenders, regardless of the facts. And they will automatically punish those trying to expose wrongs. Whistleblowers lose their jobs and are now threatened with jail.
It is time we exposed them as suffering from SWS – the stupid and wrong syndrome.