Disturbing moment Knox high school student spreads racist remarks on encrypted ‘Gang Gang’ chat

A disturbing video showing a Knox High School student proudly proclaiming that he “hates n***as” has surfaced in the wake of the school’s encrypted chat group scandal.

The video shows the boy out for a walk with friends when he is told to say it again for the camera, to which the boy exclaims, “I hate n***as f*ck”.

Sydney’s elite private boys’ school was recently rocked after a secret chat room was exposed in which students were sending outrageous messages about gang rape, abortion and Hitler.

It was later revealed the school knew about the private chat group on popular encrypted app Discord for weeks before notifying parents.

Veteran child psychologist Rose Cantali told The Daily Telegraph that schoolchildren grew up using social media but there is a big gap in terms of education and rules about what is appropriate.

A video has surfaced of a Knox High School student proudly exclaiming that he hates n***as

A video has surfaced of a Knox High School student proudly exclaiming that he hates n***as

“I think we have to focus on the spectators. It’s like the guy is throwing garbage on the ground, you’re not going to stop him, so you have to educate those around him,” Ms. Cantali said.

“The power of the spectators should not be underestimated in all of this, they have a lot of power. Even a message that I will unfollow you means a lot these days.”

The $35,000 school first heard about the group in late July but only alerted parents last week when the newspaper leaked a series of shocking news stories.

Knox principal Scott James sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday to say “several boys” had posted “inappropriate messages” and engaged in offensive comments in private chat rooms.

However, it has since been revealed that there were over 150 participants in the group chat called “Gang Gang” – the majority students or alumni of Knox Grammar.

Teens at Knox Grammar, a private boys' school on Sydney's North Shore, used an encrypted app to post

Teens at Knox Grammar, a private boys’ school on Sydney’s North Shore, used an encrypted app to post “racist, misogynistic and homophobic” content

Mr James also told the parents that the matter had been referred to NSW Police.

However, a source told the Daily Telegraph that police were only made aware of the full extent of the news when it was shared by the publication on Tuesday.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Knox Grammar for comment on the new revelations.

Police have investigated a video shared in the chat room of a student handling ammunition. They concluded that it belonged to the boy’s father, who is a licensed gun owner on private property.

Some of the more graphic content has been turned over to the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Unit, which has yet to find any material that constitutes a crime.

The revelation comes just hours after a Jewish institution called the entire Knox Grammar cohort to meet with a Holocaust survivor.

Users in the chat room have sent messages using aliases such as “n*****removalservice” and “Fa**othather3000”.

“I hate women, I hate gays, Jews, people who don’t play Fortnite, furries, n*****s, I love boobs, foot abortions, rape, drugs,” read one of the disturbing messages.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark invited the entire Knox cohort to the Sydney Jewish Museum to meet with a Holocaust survivor

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark invited the entire Knox cohort to the Sydney Jewish Museum to meet with a Holocaust survivor

After reading the “grossly offensive and unacceptable” talks, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark invited Knox’s entire cohort to the Sydney Jewish Museum to meet with a survivor.

“We are appalled by reports of Sydney high school students expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler sentiments online,” Mr Bark said in a statement on Thursday.

“We invite the entire Knox Grammar cohort to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum and meet with a Holocaust survivor so they realize their comments are not remotely funny.

“We would also welcome the participation of Knox students in the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ Respect, Understanding and Acceptance program, which breaks down barriers between students from different religious and ethnic backgrounds.”

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Knox Grammar has suspended several students for their participation in the group and launched an internal investigation (pictured a mockup of Discord messages).

Knox Grammar has suspended several students for their participation in the group and launched an internal investigation (pictured a mockup of Discord messages).

Knox Grammar has since suspended several students for their participation in the group dubbed “Gang Gang” and launched an internal investigation.

A spokesman for the school told Daily Mail Australia that the boys who were expelled were “trying to settle into other schools”.

The messages contain a mixture of sexist, racist and anti-Semitic sentiments, coupled with several extreme anti-abortion statements.

“Hitler will always be in my heart. Heil Hitler,” read one message.

“Stupid ‘pro’ decisions think women’s rights matter…I just hate kids and wish they die take them out at source,” wrote a second.

Another asked why they weren’t invited to a “rape party.”

Shocking videos of young men apparently being brutally assaulted were also shared in the group chat, which is believed to have started about two years ago.

One student in the chat said “Gang Gang Lore” would prevent members from snooping with one another, assuring that teachers were not authorized to “scan your device for non-school-related matters.”

Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro called the content “deeply disturbing” and said the chat room exuded “the feel of a club or even a cult”.

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The messages are a mixture of sexist, racist and anti-Semitic sentiments, coupled with several extreme anti-abortion statements (pictured a mockup of the Discord messages).

The messages are a mixture of sexist, racist and anti-Semitic sentiments, coupled with several extreme anti-abortion statements (pictured a mockup of the Discord messages).

Mr Watson-Munro said there was a risk a “crazy” group member would act out part of the troubling conversation.

In a letter sent to parents’ homes on Wednesday, Knox principal Scott James said the students involved had “posted inappropriate messages and engaged in offensive comments in private chat rooms”.

“The nature of these posts is contrary to Knox’s values ​​and culture and is unacceptable,” the letter said.

“The actions of these boys do not reflect a Knox upbringing nor the expectations we place on our students to be respectful and responsible citizens in the community.”

Mr James said there had been a “range of consequences” for the students involved who had been penalized for their participation in the chat room, from “suspension to students dropping out of school”.

In a letter sent to parents' homes on Wednesday (pictured), Knox principal Scott James said the students involved had

In a letter sent to parents’ homes on Wednesday (pictured), Knox principal Scott James said the students involved had “posted inappropriate messages and engaged in offensive comments in private chat rooms”.

“Regarding the images, some were taken during school activities and later dealt with, and the school has spoken to the families of identifiable students.

“To be absolutely clear, the manipulated images do not require reporting under child safeguarding regulations and we have raised the matter with the police.”

Parents were asked to talk to their sons about how they use social media, reminding them to use platforms “respectfully” and “sensibly”.

What is Encrypted App Discord?

Discord is an invitation-only messaging service that is encrypted — meaning data is hidden by turning it into code.

The platform can only be accessed with login and password with chat groups known as “servers” – many of which remain small and exclusive.

Any Discord user can start a server for free and invite their friends.

There are also larger, more open communities that usually focus on specific topics such as popular games like Minecraft and Fortnite.

The app estimates that it is used by tens of millions of people aged 13 and over worldwide.

Discord says the server is: “A place where they can be themselves and spend time with other people who share their interests and hobbies.”

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