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Claims of sexism at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne after chant filmed

Elite Melbourne boys school is rocked by claims of a ‘sexist and misogynistic’ culture after ‘alpha’ students shouted offensive chant on a public tram

  • A female passenger filmed St Kevin’s College students on a Melbourne tram 
  • Dressed in their uniform, the boys sang a sexist cricket chant on Saturday
  • Video was shared by a frightened passenger who said the was intimidated
  • Three boys have been suspended as former pupil says he was not surprised 

A private school whose students were filmed singing a sexist chant on a tram has a long-standing problem with misogyny, according to a former pupil.

Year 10 pupils at $19,000-a-year St Kevin’s College in Melbourne sang a cricket chant with offensive lyrics while on their way to an athletics tournament on Saturday. 

Dressed in their school’s stripped blazers, they chanted: ‘I wish that all the ladies, were holes in the road… And if I was a dump truck, I’d fill them with my load.’

Former pupil Luka Kiernan (pictured), who graduated last year, said he was not surprised by the video

The video was shared by a frightened passenger who described the chant as ‘disgusting’ and said she was too afraid to confront the boys.

Former pupil Luka Kiernan, who graduated last year, said he was not surprised by the video. 

‘It is very reflective of the hyper-masculine, totally misogynistic culture that really pervades all levels at St Kevin’s,’ he told the ABC.

‘It really for me just shows a level of confidence and audacity that these boys have in their own sexist attitudes that they feel they can express them publicly on a tram without any shame at all.’       

A female passenger filmed the St Kevin's College students chanting as they made their way to an inter-school athletics carnival in south Melbourne, on Saturday morning

A female passenger filmed the St Kevin’s College students chanting as they made their way to an inter-school athletics carnival in south Melbourne, on Saturday morning 

Three students have been suspended over the incident, according to the Herald Sun newspaper. 

Headmaster Stephen Russell has apologised for their behavior.

‘Students upset by the behaviour have already come to me and we have been following through in both a disciplinary and pastoral manner,’ he said.

‘We have always and will continue to challenge such poor behaviour and misogynistic attitudes through programs at school and with the co-operation of parents.’

In a letter to parents on Wednesday, he wrote: ‘As a husband, a father of daughters, a brother of four sisters, a son and, I hope, a good friend and a decent colleague to many women, I know this behaviour cannot go unchallenged.’

Daily Mail Australia contacted the school for comment. 

Founded in 1918, St Kevin's College Toorak is a leading Catholic boys school

Founded in 1918, St Kevin’s College Toorak is a leading Catholic boys school

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