A Guest Opinion Post.
Look at this Dripstone High School briefing note from 1993:
Sounds very similar to a situation involving a teacher ‘BD’ who was touching the thigh of a female student during a school excursion sleepover approximately 10 years after Mr Knights.
After a slap on the wrist ‘BD’ went on to keep touching and washing the legs of young girls in his class later in his NT teaching career. Protection of him in a criminal trial was financially assisted by the NT Education Union (and covered up by them)
What did NT Department of Un-Education learn from the Greg Knights paedophile situation? Nothing.
(‘BD’ was initially only given a letter telling him not to do it again) SHHHHHH SAY NOTHING.
What did NT Department of Un-Education do when they found out Leanyer Primary School principal Dr Anne Tonkin had installed a secret camera in a classroom which recorded all the children there? Nothing.
(after being found out Dr Anne Tonkin ran away very quickly to Victoria, Department of Un-Education covered it all up) SHHHHHH SAY NOTHING.
What did NT Department of Un-Education learn when dealing with paedophile teacher ‘BCD’? Nothing.
(after the shit hit the fan, principal, friend and supporter of ‘BCD’ Rob Presswell too ran away mid-school year Interstate very quickly) SHHHHHH SAY NOTHING.
What have NT Department of Un-Education learned with the latest school employee who raped little girls during school time? Nothing.
(read below after this post)
SHHHHHH SAY NOTHING.
Cardfightback recommends everyone watch the new Michael Jackson doco called ‘Leaving Neverland’ to see a great example of child abuse and grooming hiding in plain sight.
Paedophiles, teachers, and the NT GOV Shuffle
For NT GOV, the Department of Un-Education paedophilia problem is nothing more than a plot to smear the good friends of those in power in the Northern Territory.
With their silence, NT GOV treats stories about pedophile teachers and education workers with dismissive aplomb, as little more than defamation directed against the NT GOV. That stance remains strong to this day.
More and more sexual abuse of children in NT schools is slowly surfacing. Even when teachers are put on trial and found guilty the public must reluctantly acknowledge that NT GOV is not prepared to really deal with such transgressions. The paedophile teacher defence clubs spring into action pretty quickly, right Ruth Billeter?
Paedophile protectors such as Ruth Billeter are just as dangerous and should not be allowed to work in schools either. There will be many more like her: enablers of paedophile friends, always looking the other way, assisting in attacking those who raise awareness, gaslighting the brave people who speak up, helping their friends continue the abuse of children unencumbered by any adverse attention.
While NT paedophiles still enjoy a relatively safe haven in NT schools things are starting to break open. Today we unearth revelations going back decades. When will NT GOV and the Un-Education Department hierarchy take some responsibility for the shocking history of paedophilia in their schools?
We will revisit the 1993/94 paedophile scandal that rocked Dripstone High School thanks to the words of revered ex-principal Vicki Stokes published in a 2014 book (page 7 & 8) and available online at:
Ironic that Ken Dav-L-ies wrote the foreword but his NT Department of Un-Education while he was in charge still did not protect children in his care.
Not ironic that Michael Gunner moved him to Territory Families to continue his pattern of incompetence there, resulting in more child abuse. Same as the Catholic Church. Same as the NT GOV.
Protecting the Predators
As everyone now knows, for decades school superiors repeatedly chose to ignore complaints about dodgy teachers or principals (Max Agnew and Jeff Parker spring to mind immediately). In many instances, accused employees were quietly ignored while the people who complained about them were targeted instead. Sometimes they were bundled off to other schools where they could prey anew upon unsuspecting employees and sometimes students. This practice of denial and concealment has been so consistently pursued as to leave the impression of being a deliberate policy set by NT GOV lawyers and bureaucraps.
And indeed it has been. Unofficial instructions coming directly from the upper echelons of NT GOV have required every principal and regional director to keep matters secret as long as they can so that NT GOV lawyers can come in and assess the liability of NT GOV before making the matter public, if indeed they ever do. These instructions were themselves kept secret; the cover-up was itself covered up.
Meanwhile, the brave teachers and families who raised the complaints were treated like lepers. They were bounced around from body to body being ignored at every turn. When they refused to keep quiet they were threatened, sometimes by the NT Police themselves, sometimes by angry supporters on Facebook (which NT Police also ignored) and sometimes by powerful people in the schools where the teachers worked, such as principals who were friends of the child abusers.
Department of Un-Education spokesmen and women employ a vocabulary of ignorance and distraction. They treat the child rapist as a ghostlike figure while repeating the tired and emotionless mantra of “we take the safety of students to be our highest priority” or some other equally empty platitude.
While this approach might bring comfort to some families, it proves to be of little therapeutic efficacy when dealing with the darker appetites of paedophiles. A far more effective deterrent is the danger of getting caught and sent to prison. Absent any threat of punishment, the paedophile is restrained only by the limits of his own appetite and the availability of opportunities in NT schools, which are many.
A Law Unto Itself
NT Department of Un-Education leaders seem to conveniently forget that paedophilia is a criminal offence most times. Better to shoot the messenger instead of having to try and deal with the fallout should their friend be arrested for sexual abuse under their watch, right Runaway Principal Rob Presswell?
Unfortunately this dangerous disease of the mind is not confined to the NT. This principal was the one in charge of paedophile teacher Greg Knights in QUEENSLAND before he came to the NT to continue his child abuse in schools here.
Schools repeatedly have made themselves accessories to the crime, playing an active role in obstructing justice, as if raping little children were just a weird hobby.
NT GOV lawyers tell employees not to talk. They offer hardly any proper assistance to young victims and their shaken families. We’ve been told they do the bare minimum to investigate to see if other children have been victimized by the same teachers or workers in schools. This is a pattern repeated over and over again. Directed from the top by NT GOV lawyers.
Just a Few Bad Apples?
Years ago the NT GOV hierarchy would insist that paedophilia in NT schools involved only a few bad apples and was being blown completely out of proportion. In private, Department of Un-Education employees regularly and scornfully denounce the media for “sensationalizing” the issue. The guilty and their accessories often direct more fire at news outlets for publicizing the crimes than at their own teachers for committing them.
See Nathan Barrett’s attack on the NT News for a perfect example of such comical behaviour. Cardfightback is also routinely attacked by NT GOV in this way for exposing the truth.
Have NT GOV lawyers or Department of Un-Education executives ever met with victims to voice any apologies or regrets regarding sex crimes against their children and the cover-ups which kept it secret for years? Any public comments to reassure families and voters?
Not that we know of, quite the opposite in fact. MORE SILENCE. SHHHHHH SAY NOTHING.
Is this a new phenomenon in NT Schools?
Of course not and NT GOV have known about it for many years. Enter Vicki Stokes and the Dripstone paedophilia scandal of 1993/94. Here is just a taste:
“During my leadership at Dripstone I had to address issues involving paedophilia. As the result of some harsh experiences, I would advocate that any aspiring Principal take the time to read about the manipulative power of paedophiles in order to protect children from monsters who may target schools; regardless of the colour of the cards staff need to carry.”
The Department and NT GOV seems determined to learn nothing from its transgressions, preoccupied as it is with avoiding legal action, bad publicity and victim blaming.
Really Not All that Serious
There are two ways we can think of child rape as being not a serious problem, and the NT GOV hierarchy seems to have embraced both these positions. First, paedophilia is not that serious if it involves only a few isolated and passing incidents. Second, an even more creepy way of downplaying the problem: child molestation is not all that damaging or that important. At worst, it is regrettable and unfortunate; it might greatly upset the child, but it certainly is not significant enough to cause unnecessary scandal and ruin the career of an otherwise great principal or regional director who claimed not to know at the time.
It is remarkable how thoroughly indifferent the NT GOV bigwigs have been toward the abused children and their families.
They claim it their duty to protect “every child” but offer little to no meaningful protection to the children in NT schools. It’s been this way for years and years as Vicki Stokes’s comments show us.
The damage done to sexual victims continues to go deliberately unnoticed by NT GOV bureaucraps: the ensuing years of depression, drug addiction, alcoholism, panic attacks, sexual dysfunction, and even mental breakdown and suicide-all these terrible aftereffects of child rape seem to leave principals, NT GOV lawyers and Education Ministers more or less unruffled, especially when SHHHHHH SAY NOTHING is the official response.
Circling the Wagons
NT GOV should cooperate fully in the first instance as soon as a complaint is made, with law enforcement authorities and stop obstructing justice by their SILENCE; it should ferret out abusive education workers and not wait until cases are publicized by others; and it should make available the NT GOV’s secret reports on suspected paedophile teachers in NT schools.
If we look back at what happened at Dripstone after Greg Knights was found guilty, we see a familiar pattern for NT GOV and the NT Department of Un-Education (usually Roger Newman does this job perfectly for them): investigate ourselves, find nothing wrong, it’s not out fault, unsubstantiated.
We guess there’s an exact same report for Driver Primary School kicking around somewhere.
The NT Teacher Registration Board which is just another arm of the Department of Un-Education must do more too. More secrecy is not helping anyone Maree Garrigan. But Maree is just there to help deflect any blame from her Un-Education friends, we all know that. Well nearly all of us, Jarvis Ryan is still playing catch up with that kind of stuff.
We must personally and collectively declare that we very much doubt the veracity of the Education Minister and her friends in the Department of Un-Education. It is beginning to become evident that for decades, if not longer, NT GOV leadership covered up the abuse of children and minors to protect its institutional image and the image of its Un-Education Department.
We here at Cardfightback have severe doubt about claims of innocent ignorance. If by any slimmest of chances Vicki Baylis or Eva Lawler or Ken Dav-L-ies or whoever was in charge at the time and all their underlings didn’t know–they all should resign on the basis of sheer and complete ignorance, incompetence, and irresponsibility.
Children are not safe in NT schools as this recent child rape case has once again shown us, it’s time we really did something about that.
Maybe we need a vocal parents organization to take the fight directly to the ballot box? We could do much better than our current crop of incompetent politicians. Let’s get active! Move off Facebook and into the real life world of protecting our children.
The Eva Lawlers, Vicki Baylis-es, Selena Uibos and Ken Dav-L-ies are not able or willing to do it for us and should lose their jobs. At the very least have some integrity and resign.
SILENCE IS NOT AN ANSWER.