July 10, 2005

Cult school scrutinised

Illawarra Mercury

July 9, 2005

THE NSW Board of Studies will investigate a private school established by a Nowra doomsday cult after cult leader William Kamm was convicted of sexual assault.

Acting NSW Education Minister David Campbell said the investigation would review the safety of the students at St Joseph's School after Kamm's conviction on Friday.

It will also examine the school's registration, which entitles it to hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funding.

"In light of these convictions, the Board of Studies will undertake an independent investigation of St Joseph's School," Mr Campbell said.

"We need to ensure that the school is a safe environment and that the students are properly protected."

However Kamm's followers say the school, which operates inside the Order of St Charbel's Cambewarra compound and has about 30 students enrolled, is independent of Kamm.

Posted by kshaw at July 10, 2005 03:34 PM