I can’t actually believe that this is real, to be honest.
A school in Sydney, Australia, has put up a memorial, to a former teacher after he died. Nothing unusual about that, really.
Except this teacher was a paedophile, notorious for molesting children at the Knox Grammar School. And they used the line ‘He touched us all’ on a plaque on the memorial. Just a tad inappropriate.
A victim of art teacher Bruce Barrett, talked to an enquiry about his confusion as to why the school would honour such a man. He spoke about some of the things that Barrett used to do. He used to chase and tickle young boys, and would wear a red tie announcing ‘watch out boys, it’s red tie day’, which meant that somebody would be getting caned that day.
The fact that he was so well regarded by the school despite being a notorious molester made me feel very confused and powerless.
The offending plaque has been taken down, but it’s difficult to find the logic behind it being put up in the first place.