Elite private school students filmed singing sexist chant
The principal of an elite Melbourne boy's school has apologised to parents after students were filmed singing sexist songs on a public tram.
Stephen Russell, headmaster at St Kevin's College in Toorak, wrote to parents saying he was "upset, frustrated and angry" at the behaviour of the students.
In video of the chant, which was filmed by a female passenger on the tram and given to ABC Radio Melbourne, students in school uniform chant a well-known song called "I wish all the ladies".
In the letter to parents, Mr Russell said the students were identified as part of the school's Year 10 and 11 cohort who were travelling to an inter-school athletics meet.
"Our students were responsible for initiating this offensive behaviour. 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," Mr Russell wrote.
"On behalf of the College I apologise unreservedly for the offence and inconvenience caused by this group of students."
Mr Russell said he had launched an investigation into the behaviour of the students who attend the school where parents pay upwards of $19,000 a year in fees.
"We are well underway to understanding the extent of the behaviour and the boys involved," he wrote.
"We have programs specifically designed to teach and shape our boys' behaviour and attitudes about respectful relationships.
"The College and families need to continue to work together to expand on and improve our work in this area."