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Student leaves school after images scandal

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016 By Luke Costin and Kaitlyn Offer

A student accused of being at the centre of a porn ring at an elite Melbourne school has left.

The 16-year-old boy was earlier this week questioned by sexual crime squad officers over the distribution of "inappropriate images".

He is no longer a student at St Michael's Grammar School, AAP understands.

It's unclear whether he was expelled or left of his own accord.

The college notified police as soon as it because aware of the issue and emailed parents on Wednesday afternoon.

Male students from three Melbourne private schools have been accused in recent months of sharing sexually explicit photos of females and making videos.

James Brett Young, a senior solicitor at Shine Lawyers, says schools have a duty of care to provide a safe environment that prevents disrespectful behaviour.

A leading youth expert says expelling offenders will not solve the problem.

Professor Johanna Wyn, director of Melbourne University's Youth Research Centre, says a more open discussion about pornography could help.

"Expelling one group of kids won't do anything really to solving the wider problem and it doesn't help these students get it right," she told AAP.

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