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Probe launched after 'rape list' is found in toilet of Co Cork school

By Ralph Riegel

Police in the Republic are investigating after a so-called 'rape list' was posted in the toilets of a school in Co Cork.

The list was discovered in the boys' toilets of Davis College in Mallow.

It listed a number of girls alongside the words: "The ones with the most ticks is going to get raped".

All those whose names were included on the list are minors and are all students at the school.

A representative for Davis College has said it is aware of only one such list - but it is investigating suggestions there may have been two other previous lists.

The matter has now been referred to gardai based at Mallow Garda Station.

The girls were said to be very upset by the publicity the incident has generated and worried it would distract them from their studies.

Last night, the parent of one of the girls involved said she was "distraught".

Davis College stressed that it was taking the matter very seriously.

Principal Stephen Gilbert said: "The safety and well-being of all of our students is our top priority. We are taking this issue extremely seriously and immediately took steps to address it with both the affected students and student body at large.

"This work is continuing. The list was removed the minute we were notified of its existence and we spoke to each of the young ladies mentioned to answer any questions or concerns they had.

"We encouraged them - as we encourage all of our students - to come to us with any issues that may be of concern so that we can support them in any way possible."

Mr Gilbert added that the list was removed immediately.

It is understood an internal review is underway and, if the person or persons who compiled and posted the list are identified, they will face disciplinary action.

One theory being examined is that just a single individual may have been involved.

Mr Gilbert said every support is now being provided for the students involved and their families.

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