Schoolboys 'skinned live cats, wrapped younger boys in cling film'

Schoolboys 'skinned live cats, wrapped younger boys in cling film'
Published: 2014 February 05 06:35:30 (11324 Views)
A former housemother a private school in Woodcote, Reading, has claimed that pupils at the school dubbed 'the Catholic Eton' skinned live cats, stoned wild birds and wrapped younger boys in cling film and duct tape, a tribunal heard.

One boy at the Oratory School armed himself with a BB gun, tungsten bow and arrows and handmade weapons, a whistleblower claimed.

But student rampages were said to have been waved aside by the £25,000-a-year school's Falklands War veteran headteacher, Clive Dytor, with the words: 'Boys will be boys.'

The allegations were made at an employment tribunal brought by ex-member of staff Rachel Ashley, who said her warnings went unheeded.

She claimed pupils filmed themselves hurling stones at birds, while one boy allegedly led a gang who bound a 13-year-old in cling film before beating him with belts.

Mrs Ashley said one 15-year-old pupil armed himself with an array of weapons, including flame-throwers, chain garottes and nailed gloves.



'He filmed himself skinning live cats and trapped and pounded to death large birds,' she added.

She said he was such a danger to her and other pupils that she felt she had to leave.

She was also upset that the boys involved in the alleged cling film incident were not excluded and one was awarded a silver cap for sporting prowess days later.

'The headmaster's view was, "Boys will be boys", even in relation to the most appalling behaviour,' she said.

According to the Metro, Mrs Ashley is claiming constructive dismissal.

Ex-Royal Marine Mr Dytor, who won the Military Cross in the Falklands War, will give evidence when the case resumes.



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