Karl Stefanovic has expressed his anger at “sick” and “horrible” chat rooms Messages from students at one of Australia’s most elite private schools, calling them one of the most disgusting and heinous things he’s ever seen.
Pupils at Knox Grammar, a private boys’ school on Sydney’s Upper North Shore, used an encrypted app to share “racist, misogynistic and homophobic” messages.
The school launched an internal investigation and expelled several students before the off-putting messages were uncovered and referred to NSW Police.
A disgusted Stefanovic chimed in the controversy on Thursday when he slammed the boys’ shocking behavior and the school’s reaction, adding that he would take his sons out of Knox Grammar if he had boys there.
“I find that unfortunate. The school should be run over the coals,” the Today show host began his tirade.
Knox Grammar School has come under fire after shocking chat room messages from students were publicly exposed
“If I’m a parent at school, I’ll get my kid out.
“I think that’s one of the most disgusting and hideous things I’ve ever seen.”
The father-of-four acknowledged that “boys will be boys” but said he believes what happened at Knox Grammar went “way too far”.
Parents pay up to $35,000 a year for their sons to attend the prestigious school.
“They absolutely have to be dragged over the coals, these children,” said Stefanovic.
“How can we expect these guys to grow up and respect women when they’re spreading this kind of crap around them?
Today Show’s Karl Stefanovic (pictured with co-host Allison Landgon) described the chat room controversy as one of the most disgusting and heinous things he’s ever seen
“And they take that into the workforce and the culture carries on. I mean it needs to be eliminated and eliminated now.
“It’s just disgusting what we read this morning. It makes you sick.”
Tonight’s show co-host Allison Langdon was also disgusted.
“Some of this stuff is downright repulsive,” she said.
“I guess sometimes you can dismiss that as boys stay boys, but what has been read and posted on this site has been so offensive it’s taken to a whole new level.”
It comes a day after “deeply disturbing” messages from a secret student chat room were uncovered.
Users of the chat room, hosted by messaging service Discord, sent the vile 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,” was one of the disturbing messages.
Teens at Knox Grammar, a private boys’ school on Sydney’s North Shore, used an encrypted app to post “racist, misogynistic and homophobic” content
Karl Stefanovic (pictured) described the incident as regrettable and demanded that the students at Knox Gymnasium and the school be dragged over the coals
Knox Grammar has suspended several students for their participation in the group called “Gang Gang” and opened an internal investigation.
A spokesman for the school told Daily Mail Australia the boys have now been expelled and are “trying to settle in at other schools”.
The messages received by the Daily Telegraph are 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 ‘proponents’ think women’s rights matter… I just hate kids and wish they died, take them out at the source,” read another.
“I’m a crazy potential pedophile who rapes babies for a living,” one person wrote in the group chat, while another questioned why they weren’t invited to a “rape party.”
Knox Grammar has suspended several students for their participation in the group and launched an internal investigation (pictured a mockup of Discord messages).
Shocking videos of young men who appear to have been brutally raped or 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”.
“Some of the posts are blatantly racist, misogynistic, homophobic,” Watson-Munro told the Daily Telegraph.
“What’s very disturbing is that the way they communicate seems to be organized.”
Mr Watson-Munro said there was a risk that an “out of joint” group member would play out some of the sadistic utterances in his daily life.
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).
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 “posted inappropriate messages and engaged in offensive comments in private chat rooms”.
“Regarding the images, some were taken during school activities and later edited, 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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