"HARM to a student is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the student's physical, psychological or emotion wellbeing."
That is the response convicted pedophile Gerard Vincent Byrnes gave when filling out a student protection and risk management survey five months before he started sexually abusing young girls at a Toowoomba primary school.
When asked in the questionnaire to provide two examples of what constituted sexual abuse of a student, Byrnes wrote "sexual jokes" and "inappropriate unethical use of the internet."
However, one of the more disturbing answers Byrnes wrote down on the questionnaire was in relation to appropriate adult-student relationships.
"The key criterion in determining the appropriateness of adult-student physical contact is benefit to the student," he wrote.
When describing what was at the heart of a student protection officer's role in Catholic schools Byrnes wrote about the need to protect students.
"The belief that every child is made in the image of God and providing students with safe school environments (and they) must be protected and treated with respect," he wrote.
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