Coach sacked after school girl strips

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 incident.

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 Herald.

Ms Reid also criticised the judgment of the girls involved in the tournament "initiations", of which there were other instances.

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 records.

"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 college."

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 Reid said.


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