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Warwick School - more vile testimony of more widespread historic sexual abuse is presented to me

Tom Winnifrith
Friday 17 June 2022

Warwick School’s behind closed doors enquiry into historic sexual and physical abuse continues. Victims such as myself are not allowed to see reports into what went on, even when – as in my case – the school has already concluded that I was physically abused by serial sadist Geoffrey Eve and apologized in private. Nor has there been any public apology or statement as we victims ALL want. And, I fear Warwick is still in denial as to the scale of historic sexual abuse.

It has acknowledged to me that there were two abusers on the payroll. One cannot be currently named for complex legal reasons.  The other I plan to name after making a road trip to the North to establish his exact whereabouts and confront him. But I have always suspected that Warwick’s failure to be open about the problem means that there were other molesters on the payroll and that victims, thinking they were unusual, were thus not coming forward.

Yesterday I communicated with two new OWs. Both named one, now dead, master from the boarding house who I had viewed as a rather pathetic drunken but entertaining old queen. I fear it was worse than that.  One of the two OWs reports walking into a room to see this teacher standing facing a teenage boy sitting on an upper bunk with his legs apart, the old man’s hands stroking that boy’s inner thighs.  The other said that if this teacher wandered down the corridor to dorm rooms with their open doors, late at night and almost certainly drunk, “you made sure you were fully changed or under the bedclothes.”

Then there was a second teacher I remembered as a nasty brute from my time in the Junior School where he had a room. I guess I was not his type, I was not a pretty young blonde boy like boy B. “Lucky” boy B was, my second source says, often asked up to this master’s private rooms to audition for some bogus play the master planned to put on but never did.  The audition involved the master firing imaginary arrows into the pretty young boy who would then collapse into the master’s arms who would cradle him as he died. Yup an audition, whatever you say.

Both sources also relay details of the sadism of a third teacher, a man venerated as Warwick legend, who like the other two is now dead. He like the first teacher was reported to ex Headmaster Lock in 2017 and the matter was duly swept under the carpet.  I have flagged this up with those involved in the current enquiry, naming names.

For what it is worth, my second contact also reports witnessing the sadist Eve hitting a boy violently who he had dragged from class in 3B.  The headmaster at the time Jack Marshall – an old school gent who would use a cricket bat in punishment if you deserved it but who was a good guy – had to intervene and shouted at Eve to stop. The idea that Warwick was unaware of what a monster Eve was, is just poppycock.   

The scale of historic sexual, and physical, abuse at Warwick is, I fear, far greater than I had thought. Only when Warwick admits to this – rather than pretending in public that it did not have an issue - only when it apologises publicly to all abuse victims will more OWs feel empowered to come forward and we will we start to know the true scale of the horrors of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s..

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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