School principal identifies 40 troublemakers after lockout
The principal of St Edmund's College, Canberra named 40 students as troublemakers at an assembly yesterday - five days after he "suspended" the entire senior body.
Colin Dwyer told the assembly that the number accounted for about 15% of the Year 11 and 12 student body.
One student, who asked not to be named, told the Sydney Morning Herald that Mr Dwyer had insisted he had not suspended the students, but had simply closed the student centre in which they were housed.
Appalling behaviour after last year's Year 12 formal, vandalism, and bullying by "St Eddie's boys" on other school grounds were cited as reasons for the lockout.
A spokesman for the college said Mr Dwyer was making no public comment yesterday, but a statement prepared by the principal and senior teachers would be issued today.
A parent told the Herald that students were told last Wednesday not to come back to school until yesterday.
He had received a letter from Mr Dwyer in the post on Thursday, saying the decision had not been taken lightly.
Sydney Morning Herald
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