Durban sex teacher: another victim speaks

2015-06-08 15:40
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Durban - A prominent maths teacher has been labelled a “monster” by a group of former pupils who insist he molested them over a 30-year period.

Harold 'Jiggs' Gray, who taught at Durban High School (DHS) for almost 30 years, culminating around 1980, died in 1993.

The group of DHS old boys who claimed to have been molested by Gray had held their silence for months while lobbying the school to apologise for what they called the rampant abuse, and put measures in place to ensure the safety of present and future pupils.

A regional newspaper reported Gray had abused learners on camping trips to the Drakensburg and sailing trips in Durban harbour.

Within hours of the story hitting the shelves, another victim had come forward.  

Dr Graham Bell, who heads the group, said another of Gray’s former pupils had reached out to him after the story had been made public.

Bell, speaking to News24 from Australia via Skype, said he had spent two hours on the phone with a man who was abused by Gray in 1976.

“The conversation was in confidence so I will withhold key details, but what he told me was harrowing. This is the first man to come forward and he never told anyone about what he went through and I expect there to be more to come,” he said.

“Fourteen years after I myself was abused by this man, the contents of his story are so much worse than anything we have seen so far,” Bell added.

“This man was a monster and from what I have learnt just this morning, in his last years at the school he had become brazen and emboldened so much so that he was abusing boys of 12 and 13-years-old in the classrooms.”

“He was taking big risks from what I was told, and this to me means at that point the man was out of control,” he said.

Bell had high praise for DHS, which unreservedly apologised to the group in an edition of the school’s newsletter that was published at the weekend.

“I want to applaud what they [DHS] have done and the current management is setting a trend for good practice. You cannot put the reputation of an institution above the duty of care of the children,” he said.

Bell added that he and his group were offering a confidential forum should any further victims wish to come forward, they can email abuse.DHS@gmail.com

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