Marlborough Boys College teacher under investigation after allegations of 'serious' misconduct

A Marlborough Boys College teacher has been placed on leave after allegations of "serious" misconduct.

A letter to parents and caregivers sent on Friday confirmed the teacher is being investigated by police and Oranga Tamariki (OT).

Marlborough Boys College principal Wayne Hegarty and chairman of the board Sturrock Sanders have involved multiple agencies regarding the allegations.

"As the matter was serious, and needed to be worked through carefully, we immediately sought advice from the Ministry of Education, and New Zealand School Trustees Association," read the letter.

"We also contacted the Teachers Council, OT and the police. The teacher was immediately placed on leave," said Hegarty and Sanders in the letter.

On Sunday evening, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed he was aware of serious allegations made about the teacher's conduct and has asked for an urgent briefing on the matter on Monday.

OT, police, and the Teaching Council refused to comment on the investigation. 

Marlborough Boys College confirmed the police and OT are involved with those directly affected by the incident, and the matter is now in their hands.

"The matter sits within [police and OT] jurisdiction at this time, with the school's role becoming one of liaison and support," read Friday's statement.

"We are aware that this is disconcerting and that our school community may want more information," said Hegarty and Sanders.

"Our key priority has been to support and protect the privacy of any students affected by this matter and liaise with these students and families in the first instance."



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