‘School beast abused me too’: Horrific new allegations against shamed teacher at Kerelaw residential unit
A NEW victim came forward with fresh allegations of vicious attacks by
jailed art teacher Matthew George at Kerelaw residential school.
A new victim came forward with claims of vicious attacks by jailed art teacher Matthew George at Kerelaw residential school.
George, 66, was jailed for a catalogue of physical and sexual abuses at the Ayrshire unit, which was shut down in 2006.
But another man, now 48, has claimed he suffered brutal assaults at the hands of George and his “bully boys” in the early 80s.
victim, who asked not to be named, claimed he was thrown through a
second-floor window during his stay. He said: “I have the scars to prove
what he did to me.
“He gave me a nickname, ‘Mongo John’. He used to hit me and chase after me as well.
George even took me home and did it. One of the reasons the police
believed my story is because I could show them where he lived.
“He is an evil man and he got his bully boys to throw me through a window.”
Some Kerelaw pupils had family problems while others had been sent there for offences involving violence, theft or drugs.
2006, a jury heard George’s victims were mostly boys aged 14 or 15. The
offences dated back to 1978. He would boast about his sexual exploits,
expose himself to boys in the shower, demand sex acts and he once tried
to rape a pupil.
He would use pupils to show off his martial arts
skills, subjecting them to punches and slaps and wrestling holds. The
thug, from Largs, was sacked after the abuses emerged.
He was found guilty of 18 charges and jailed for 10 years.
latest alleged victim said he only learned of George’s conviction after
the pervert’s appeal failed in 2011. He said: “I don’t want it to be
just swept under the carpet.
“I turned to alcohol
as I grew up and it has taken 35 years to get where I am now. Matt
George is out soon and people are claiming he’s innocent. I know he’s
The former pupil said his abuse happened when he was
13 or 14. He said: “In every class, he had one person who he would pick
on. And I was the runt of the class. Because of him, I was bullied all
through my stay in Kerelaw by the older ones. He encouraged it.
“One night I was put through a window. The school tried to claim I was sleepwalking.
“But I thought I was dreaming when someone picked me up and put me over their shoulder.
was thrown out the second-floor window. I have a 16-inch scar running
up my leg to my buttock. Thankfully I didn’t suffer any broken bones.
was never sexually assaulted but I could see what was going on. When he
was on the unit, I wouldn’t go in the shower or the toilet.”
in Stevenston was home to about 75 vulnerable children at a time.
Council chiefs investigated almost 400 allegations of abuse from 159
children spanning 20 years.
The school was closed in 2006 following a police probe into abuse.
police said that they were investigating the latest claims. A
spokeswoman said: “Inquiries are at an early stage into this matter.”
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