Students at King’s Boys-only School in Grantham, Lincs, were involved in an Instagram post about issues raised by Sarah Everard’s death when the “disgusting” comments were allegedly made. Principal Simon Pickett said the school would take “appropriate action” and that he was in contact with the police. A local woman took note of the comments and complained to the school. The woman, who declined to be named, said: “There have been disgusting comments about women and sexual assault by grade 12 and 13 students. Although I think it belongs to schools to take care of their students, I also think it is unacceptable that these comments are made in a public forum without any repercussions. “
Mr Pickett said the comments were “totally unacceptable” and “did not reflect the school’s point of view at all”. He said: “Following the nationwide response to the tragic death of Sarah Everard and the issues she raised regarding the safety of women and girls, one of our students launched a live broadcast on Instagram .
“He had hoped for a sane and reasoned debate on whether a 6 p.m. curfew should be imposed on men.
“Sadly, the thread was quickly hijacked by students across the country, many of whom posted utterly deplorable sexist and misogynistic comments. As soon as we heard about it, we carried out an urgent and – most regrettable investigation. – found that a very small number of our own students were among the many disgusting comments.
“This online activity was totally against the values and ethics of King’s School and appropriate action is being taken.”
Nicola Welbourne, whose daughters attend nearby Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, said: “What is really shocking is that these views were expressed by what are considered to be well educated young men.
“When these guys graduate from college – which a lot of them inevitably want to do – they’re likely to advance to positions of management and authority.
“What kind of attitude are they going to bring with them? “
The Lincolnshire School’s website says it is committed to developing young men who leave as “full individuals”.
A formal complaint, filed by another parent, said The King’s failed in its duty to promote equality. Their letter read: “Young people grow up expecting this type of behavior to be the norm. He must be stopped.
The King’s School was founded in 1528 and counts scientist Sir Isaac Newton among its alumni.