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by scrub
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Here's a hypothetical
Replies: 27
Views: 619

Re: Here's a hypothetical

McCall's name keeps coming up. He appears to have either died or gone abroad. One can't help thinking he will be happy to be as elusive as Lord Lucan. True. His name has cropped up, and he did leave abruptly. But i'd prefer to err on the side of caution if noone has come forward to press charges fo...
by scrub
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 72
Views: 2231

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

richardb wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:22 pm
It has left many of us with feeling of helplessness and betrayal.
And anger. That's there too.
by scrub
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 72
Views: 2231

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

I think it is interesting but sad that the number of posters on this site has diminished, apparently because of the revelations. Activity on any small, specialised forum tends to ebb and flow in normal circumstances. I can understand why some would stay away while others (myself included) have sign...
by scrub
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 72
Views: 2231

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

Agree with everything you've said, and this in particular; At any time in the intervening years the teacher could have spoken out and prevented other children being harmed,. he didn't,. gets to the heart of why a lot of people who were at the school at the time feel the way they do about the place n...
by scrub
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 72
Views: 2231

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

Thanks for that, like others I was trying to work out whether that was as bad as it sounded. Given the culture at the school 25+ years ago, the member of staff did what he thought was best for the pupil at the time. Regardless of anyone's feelings towards the teacher in question, that's a fairly dam...
by scrub
Mon May 20, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie
Replies: 36
Views: 2233

Re: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie

Seems to me that it might be appropriate to inform the present Bishop of Chichester that two of his staff were staff at CH at a "difficult" time and gave character references in this trial - just in case he did not know. I've a feeling the Bishop is probably a little distracted at the moment what w...
by scrub
Wed May 15, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?
Replies: 72
Views: 8835

Re: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?

Given the fact that the place is now co-ed, I imagine that sexual experimentation and recreation now (mostly) take different forms. And I suppose it needn't be so clandestine. Unless things have changed radically since I was there, it's probably as clandestine as ever. Getting caught in (or after) ...
by scrub
Sun May 12, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6124

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

I'd like to know if it was so patently obvious what was happening during your time at Horsham. I think this was covered in one of the other threads and the answer was "overall, it depended on how clued-in to the school gossip system/how popular you were". Speaking for myself, while Husband's affair...
by scrub
Mon May 06, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dates of birth of convicted abusers
Replies: 45
Views: 2194

Re: Dates of birth of convicted abusers

Am I right in thinking that a relationship with a pupil wasn’t illegal until 2003? I guess grooming a girl over the age of 16 until she consents to sex wouldn’t have been an offence prior to that date. Speaking in very general terms and about nobody in particular, of course. That is actually a very...
by scrub
Sun May 05, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett
Replies: 21
Views: 1194

Re: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett

Bob wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 1:38 pm
I remember she had the demeanor of a corrupt prison officer from tv show Prisoner Cell Block H, and now we know just as much empathy too.
:lol: and I think I know exactly which one you mean!
by scrub
Sun May 05, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 12483

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

I'm staggered that it appears Dobbie still has 526 'friends' on Facebook. Looking at names, I recognise a large number as being pupils, and staff members, at CH. I know Facebook's considered old hat now, perhaps that's why people haven't removed their Facebook association with him? Depending on how...
by scrub
Sat May 04, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 12483

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

Poulton may have made decisions, but problems may have been sidelined before ever reaching him. A weak HM with dominant deputies, for example, is an ineffective HM. Remember what was said in the Karim case - if you pursue this, your name may end up in the papers. Problem solved, no action needed by...
by scrub
Sat May 04, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 12483

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

Surely in any school it is the headmaster who is ultimately responsible for accepting or rejecting proposed staff? Not necessarily. Depends on the management structure of the school, whether it's state, public/private, religious, etc. My folks have worked at a number of schools in both the UK and A...
by scrub
Sat May 04, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 12483

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

I believe that during Karim's trial it was made very clear (by Liz Cairncross IIRC) that, while Poulton was HM, staffing issues were his domain. The SMT all had specific roles, but the final word on staff matters was Dickie P's.
by scrub
Sat May 04, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ernest McCall- Maths teacher / housemaster Maine A
Replies: 79
Views: 8084

Re: Ernest McCall- Maths teacher / housemaster Maine A

Ja, I remember him teaching me maths at the start of term, then not by the end of it, but I was thinking more along the lines of the school wanting to avoid future associations with certain former members of staff by keeping any remembrances to an absolute minimum. In the days before the internet be...