1. Prestigious Sydney private boys’ school rocked by sexual abuse.
Trinity Grammar School has been rocked by allegations of sexual abuse amongst Year One boys, after a six year old boy was removed from the school, and eight others offered counselling.
The abuses allegedly involved the boys removing their clothes and performing sex acts on each other in the toilets and the playground while they were supposed to be supervised. It is alleged that the instigator encouraged three other boys to engage in sex acts with at least four other victims.
Parents of Year One students were only made aware of the shocking events after the school holiday period began through an email from the Head Master, Mr Milton Cujes. Parents were therefore ineligible for a refund of their $18,000 school fees if they removed their sons for the new year after hearing the news.
The school contacted the Department of Family and Community Services after being contacted by a parents in mid-November. While an investigation was underway, the instigator was allowed to remain at school.
These recent allegations are not the first for the private school. In 2001, Year 10 borders were charged for sexual assault on younger boys using a wooden dildo. Just last year, former teacher Neil Futcher was charged with multiple offences including the indecent assault of students as young as 11.
2. French drug trial leaves one brain dead, five hospitalised.
The French Health Ministry is investigating what it calls a “serious accident”, following an early stage clinical trial that has left one participant brain dead and five others hospitalised.
At least four of the patients may be permanently disabled with neurological damage, while one victim does not have symptoms, but remains under medical surveillance.
The company conducting the trial, Biotrial International, said on its website that it was administered “in full compliance with the international regulations and Biotrial’s procedures were followed at every stage throughout the trial.” It says it was “in close and regular contact with the Health Authorities and Ministry in France.”
The first patients to fall ill began showing symptoms on Sunday and were hospitalised in the city of Rennes. The testing has now been stopped, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said at a news conference on Friday. Health authorities have also been reaching out to the rest of the volunteers to let them know about these adverse effects. There is no known antidote.
The drug is a painkiller that is supposed to treat anxiety and motor disorders. Earlier testing involved animals, and while animals can react similarly to humans, their bodies can process substances differently.