Dulwich College reports its own students to the police


Dulwich College has reported its own pupils to the police after receiving allegations of criminal sexual harassment following the publication of an open letter that branded the school ‘a breeding ground for sexual predators’.

Headmaster Joe Spence announced the move in a message to parents explaining how the £21,246-a-year institution was responding to accusations from victims of assault and revenge porn revealed in an open letter on Sunday. 

He wrote: ‘Since the publication of the Open Letter a small number of individuals have come forward naming their abusers and in these cases Dulwich College has either disciplined those pupils or, where there has been an allegation of criminal behaviour, passed the case on to the police.’ 

Headmaster Joe Spence announced the move in a message to parents explaining how the £21,000-a-year institution was responding to accusations from victims of assault and revenge porn revealed in an open letter on Sunda

Headmaster Joe Spence announced the move in a message to parents explaining how the £21,000-a-year institution was responding to accusations from victims of assault and revenge porn revealed in an open letter on Sunda

Mr Spence added: ‘We understand why victims of harassment or abuse may not wish to be named or to name perpetrators, but we welcome the opportunity to deal with specific cases, both so that wrongdoing can be punished and so that individual pupils against whom allegations have been made have an opportunity to defend themselves.’  

The headmaster wrote that he ‘condemns unreservedly the behaviours and attitudes reported in the open letter’ and vowed to ‘challenge’ any instances of poor or illegal behaviour. 

The original letter, published by the Sunday Times on March 21, was written by 19-year-old Samuel Schulenburg and includes about 250 anonymous stories from girls who went to schools nearby such as James Allen’s Girls’ School ( Jags). 

The alleged accusations include assault, revenge porn, sexual violence, ‘slut shaming’ and claims the school has an ‘established rape culture.’

Mr Schulenburg, who now goes to Oxford University, said: ‘The behaviour of…students is a testament to their entitlement, to their experience of an institution which has enabled their sexism.

Former Dulwich College pupil Samuel Schulenberg wrote an open letter including the acusations

Former Dulwich College pupil Samuel Schulenberg wrote an open letter including the acusations

The letter, addressed to Dulwich master Dr Joe Spence, was posted to the former pupils' Instagram page which included as link to the testimonies

The letter, addressed to Dulwich master Dr Joe Spence, was posted to the former pupils’ Instagram page which included as link to the testimonies

‘The submitted testimonials do not present a divide between the many and the few. They describe a community of abusers and their enablers, violently sexist boys whose behaviour is underpinned by a collective understanding that their comfort and status is worth more than the lives of those who fall prey to their abuse.

‘In almost every story, experiences of assault, revenge pornography and slut shaming were exacerbated by the aggressor’s friends, young men who laughed at stories of sexual violence, who shared illicit photos of teenage girls without consent, who stood by as their mates ruined lives. These accounts are heartbreaking as they are outraging.

‘They describe a plethora of victims, female students at nearby schools, fellow Alleynians, female teachers. Their purpose is not to highlight the tragedy of individual cases, but to expose the overarching nature of this problem.

‘I believe that the College and its culture can be so much more than this.

‘There has to be accountability. There has to be justice. It is long overdue.’

Former pupils from the school include Sir Ernest Shackleton, Bob Monkhouse, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nigel Farage.

The open letter includes the harrowing testimonies from former and current pupils at Sulwich College

The open letter includes the harrowing testimonies from former and current pupils at Sulwich College

Several testimonies about males from Dulwich College were made by female pupils from other schools.

One wrote: ‘I was filmed in a vulnerable position at a party by a DC boy without my consent and he then posted those videos on social media and shared them with friends. Since then, I have been incredibly paranoid in any kind of intimate situation or party, I feel as though I can’t enjoy myself without the fear of being watched and ridiculed.

‘The DC lad culture is truly one of the most toxic and harmful environments I have ever been exposed to, I can only imagine what others have been through because of the shared mentality of arrogance and thoughtlessness that pervades Dulwich College.’

Another said: ‘I was held down and had my top and bra taken off by a group of Dulwich College boys who only gave my clothes back ten minutes later as I cried and screamed.’

Dulwich students are also said to use polling app Waggle It to rate the attractiveness of girls and sex acts they would like to perform.

MailOnline has contacted Dulwich and the Met Police.  

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