‘Susan George, president of the Royal School for the Blind, told the BBC the charity was “saddened to hear of former pupils having such memories of their time at the school”.
She added: “Such behaviour [as the former pupils allege] would not be tolerated in any school today.”’
The point is that although it would not be tolerated in any school today, it should not have been tolerated then.
However, in the 50s there was a atmosphere of fear in many schools and pupils were not as enlightened as they are today.
No child should be scared to speak out, but in the 50s they would never have been listened to and some are still not listened to today.
There are still many aspects that are not right today, however, the enlightening of childrens understanding and the understanding of staff and other authorities is welcomed and needs to be encouraged.
A group of blind and vulnerable people have said they were physically and emotionally abused as children by their special primary school’s headmistress.
Six former pupils of The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool have told the BBC about abuse dating back to the 1950s when some of them were just five.
The headmistress at the time, Margaret McLenan, has since died.
The school said it was “saddened” to hear the allegations and said such behaviour would not be tolerated today.
The six former pupils have never before spoken publicly about their experiences at the boarding school in Wavertree, which accommodated pupils from across the north-west of England and the Isle of Man.
The alleged abuse has also never been reported to, or investigated by, police.
There is no suggestion any of it was of a sexual nature.
Victims described how being beaten and shamed deprived them of their…
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