SENIOR police have condemned an elite private school for allowing members of an outlaw motorcycle gang to escort students to a school formal.
Eight members of the Bandido Motorcycle Club, in full club colours, escorted students of the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School to their formal at the six-star Versace Hotel last Friday night.
One of the students is the son of a high-ranking member of the club.
The bikies parked at the front of the hotel, covering their faces with skeleton bandanas.
They folded their tattooed-arms and posed for photographs with the teenagers before performing burnouts on the hotel's cobbled entrance.
Senior police said Lindisfarne was sending the wrong message to its students.
"First and foremost there has been widespread publicity and media coverage of the links of outlaw motorcycle gangs to crime," one officer said.
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School principal Chris Duncan defended his school and the students' arrival at the event, saying the actions of the bikie escorts were "not inappropriate" in the drop-off zone and no one at the formal felt intimidated by their presence.