Gardai investigating alleged sexual assault of Dublin schoolboy

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Gardai are investigating allegations a 13-year-old boy was sexually assaulted at a prestigious Dublin private school.

It is believed up to eight other pupils were involved in the alleged incident, which took place last Thursday.

Gardai, as well as child and family agency Tusla, have begun investigations into the matter.

The school is understood to have suspended the eight pupils allegedly involved in the incident, pending the outcome of investigations.

However, the victim of the assault has remained in the school after his parents agreed that he should continue his studies.

Board members of the school have agreed to meet to discuss the allegation.

The board have declined to comment on the case.

Under child protection guidelines, any suspicion of abuse against a child must be reported without delay.

It is a requirement that reports be made directly to gardai if it is believed the child remains in risk of danger.

In matters of child abuse, an employee or volunteer should never promise to keep secret, any information which is divulged.

The young person should be informed only those who need to know will be told.