Teachers accused in video



TWEED River High is reeling after allegations of drug usage and sexual misconduct against individual teachers were posted onto a popular internet site yesterday.

The anonymous comments on YouTube were accompanied by footage of a school fight, which the Daily News reported earlier this week.

Both have since been removed from the free website.

Tweed Inspector Ross Wilkinson said police would view the evidence and will look into the allegations.

Insp Wilkinson said the fact that the comments were not attributed to anyone would not stop the police from pursuing the matter.

"Police treat any allegations of drug distribution or sexual misconduct as a serious issue," he said.

"We will take all avenues available to us to investigate the matter fully."

Insp Wilkinson said nobody in the area had made a formal complaint to the police about the matter.

In a statement issued to the Daily News, the NSW Department of Education said any allegation connecting staff with illegal activities would be referred to appropriate authorities, including police.

And the school would co-operate fully in any of the police investigations.

The department also urged parents to monitor their children's use of the internet, as the site could not be accessed from any Education Department computer, including those in schools.

Tweed River High P&C president Linton Alford said he was shocked by the new events and doubted there was "any ground to the claims".

Mr Alford said such innuendo was detrimental not only to the school but also the teachers, parents and students.



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