Elite private school responds to Instagram controversy

by Sarah Bachman19 Jul 2016

A Melbourne private school has responded over a misogynist Instagram account that was set up by two of its students.

Yesterday, it was reported that police had launched an investigation into the account, which was set up by two Year 11 students attending Brighton Grammar School (BGS), located in south-east Melbourne.

The account, which has since been removed, asked visitors to vote on the “slut of the year”, and showed images of young girls in various stages of dress, as well as in their school uniforms.

Both students responsible for the account have been suspended.

On Monday, the school released a statement saying that the Instagram post was “disgraceful” and “does not reflect the values of BGS”. 

“Disrespectful behaviour on any social media site is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the statement read. 

“Brighton Grammar regrets the distress caused to the girls and their families. The girls’ wellbeing is a top priority and Brighton Grammar has been working with these families over the weekend and will continue offering ongoing support.” 

The statement went on to say that respectful relationships were a critical part of the school’s culture, with various programs in the curriculum addressing this issue.

“The behaviour of these boys does not in any way reflect the values of BGS or what BGS stands for,” it continued.

“The School is continuing its investigations and is in the process of taking appropriate disciplinary action with the boys involved and is in discussion with their families.”

Yesterday, a police spokesman told Fairfax Media that police had received a report about “inappropriate content on an Instagram account originating in the bayside area”.

“The matter is being investigated by local detectives and as the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” the spokeswoman said. 
 

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