Big Brother-style scandal in Queensland Catholic school

Police are investigating claims that girls as young as 12 at a Queensland Catholic school were involved in "turkey slapping" incidents in which they were pinned down by male students and hit with an exposed penis.

The Courier Mail reports that the school, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been rocked by claims that female students were pinned down and "turkey slapped" and female students had sex with their male peers for successfully performing dares.

Police would not be drawn on the similarities between the alleged incident and the controversy surrounding two Big Brother reality television contestants who were kicked off the show earlier this month for "turkey slapping" a housemate.

According to the Courier Mail, claims of sex-for-dares at the school were alleged by a parent of a male student. The allegations were brought to light after female students complained some male students were rubbing their penises on them.

The school's principal revealed last week that two male students had been "withdrawn" from the school because of an alleged incident, which he would not specify.

Police confirmed they were investigating claims of indecent dealing, carnal knowledge and wilful exposure, and were made aware of the alleged incidents last Tuesday.

The police spokesman said "a clear picture" had yet to evolve because the students - believed to be at least six - would not be interviewed until the weekend.

He said it was alleged a small number of less serious acts happened on school property and the alleged serious acts happened elsewhere.

The female students were aged from 12 and the male students at the centre of the allegations were between 15 and 16 years old, according to the Courier Mail.

Earlier this month, Hetty Johnston, founder of child protection group Bravehearts, warned that, "I wouldn't be surprised if this ["turkey slapping"] was the latest sexual offence to go around the schools.

"Unfortunately, many youngsters will have seen [the Big Brother] incident and think it's funny, and believe that if they do it they will look cool."

Catholic school in 'turkey slapping' probe (Courier Mail 21/7/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)

Catholic students not impressed by Big Brother (CathNews 4/7/06)
Catholic local politician in protest against Big Brother (CathNews 30/8/05)

School's scandal link to TV (Sunday Mail 23/7/06)
Schools alert on playtime turkey slappers (Sunday Mail 9/7/06)

24 Jul 2006