By Ranee Mohamed
A sixty two year old male nurse who had been working in the sick room of S. Thomas’ College, Gurutalawa for six months has been taken into custody by the Welimada police following a complaint of child abuse made by the school authorities.
The suspect is alleged to have committed sexual abuse on 14 students of this boys’ school, in the secluded sickroom. S. Thomas’s College is situated in approximately 50 acres of land in the remote village of Gurutalawa and is headed by the Headmaster Rev. Marc Billimoria.
When contacted by The Sunday Leader, Rev. Billimoria said that it was he who had informed the National Child Protection Authority of this happening. “One of the victims ( a child from the middle school) brought his ordeal to my notice. I inquired into the matter and based on these findings, I brought the incident to the attention of the officials of the NCPA,” said Rev. Billimoria. “We will not allow this kind of happening in our school.”
“We have a boarding school and parents have put their children in our charge and their protection comes first,” said the Headmaster.
The Sunday Leader learns that the parents of 12 of the abused children will pursue the matter till justice is meted out to the suspect. Meanwhile it is learnt that Headmaster Rev. Marc Billimoria has initiated regular counseling sessions for the boys who had to undergo this physical trauma at the hands of the male nurse. The Headmaster said that he has also initiated awareness programmes for all the children of this boys’ school. The Sunday Leader learns that the authorities are awaiting a medical report to ascertain whether the suspect is suffering from any sexually transmitted disease.