The male coach who oversaw a female student strip on the
streets of Rotorua has been sacked by the elite Auckland
girls' school that employed him.
The First XI football coach was fired by St Cuthbert's
College, a $20,000-a-year private girls' school, after the
It was revealed on Thursday a girl, believed to be 14 or 15,
was down to just her underwear and fishnet stockings, having
stripped off items of clothing while holding a sign saying
"toot for a strip" on the side of the road.
The male coach was with the girl, and other teammates, along
with a female university student also in Rotorua at the
Winter Tournament in a coaching capacity.
"The coach's contract has been terminated. He also offered
his resignation," principal Lynda Reid told the Weekend
Ms Reid also criticised the judgment of the girls involved in
the tournament "initiations", of which there were other
The school has also confirmed students visited a nearby Pak'n
Save, with one girl wearing only a swimsuit.
"It was disappointing to see such serious lapses in judgment
shown by otherwise responsible senior students with great
"The students involved in these events have apologised
sincerely for their behaviour and acknowledge that their
actions were thoughtless and foolhardy."
The principal also confirmed the mother of the girl who
stripped had been contacted: "The mother takes a serious view
of her daughter's actions and is very supportive of the
After revelations of their initiation practices, the team
were also sent home from the tournament.
While one recent former student contacted the Weekend Herald
to say initiation pranks were a common part of St Cuthbert's
school life, the school has strenuously denied that.
"The college does not sanction initiation practices in any
form. It is neither a tradition nor part of our culture," Ms