ALL he wants is an admission of responsibility.
This is the stance of the former Naracoorte High School student who in 2004, while he was in Year 10, had his internet account at the school used by a teacher to view pornographic material on the internet.
Despite protesting his innocence, the student was subsequently blamed for accessing the material. He then claimed that bullying forced him to leave the school.
The student has suddenly found himself in the media spotlight after a freedom of information request for documents related to the matter resulted in a $30,000 confidentiality payment he received hitting the headlines.
"It's a mission for me to get an apology," he told the Herald this week, particularly calling out the teacher and the school's deputy principal at the time.
"Like I've said all along I just want them to take responsibility...I want the teacher to take responsibility, I want the deputy principal to take responsibility."
The student, who cannot be named, ultimately wishes for his name to be cleared.
"The people who I went to school with know what happened and they judge me," he said. "I want to be publicly removed, because it definitely wasn't me."
He admitted an apology wouldn't make up for what happened, but it is the "least" that could be done.
"It doesn't cost anything to apologise."
After the incident the student left the school and tried to get an education elsewhere, but the stigma of the incident followed him.
"I'm lucky I can stand here quite strong," he said. "But I believe I could be somewhere different...education is where I failed." It was revealed last week by the State Opposition that a teacher had been suspended over the case, nine years after he viewed pornography on the student's web account.
The student was later paid $30,000 to keep the matter confidential by SA's Department for Education and Child Development - a confidentially agreement the student said had recently been lifted after a conversation and further correspondence between himself and Premier Jay Weatherill.
The student said he originally wanted an apology rather than a financial settlement, but the move he was forced to make from his home town as a teenager had left him out of pocket and he needed the money.
The Education Department revealed the now Adelaide-based teacher involved in accessing the pornography has been directed to stay away from the school he is currently teaching while the case is being reviewed.
"The department is conducting a review of the case and while that is taking place the teacher concerned has been directed away from his workplace while on pay," a department spokesperson said, declining to answer further questions from the Herald.
The notion of the teacher still being paid while not working rankles with the student - who believes the teacher is arguably in a better position than ever.
"I just think it's bulls--t to be honest," the student said.
"There has been a level of protection that has been put on him (the teacher)...at the moment we are paying for a teacher to sit around and do nothing."
The student is frustrated at the conduct of the Education Department since the story broke.
He has been told it will be at least the end of November before a result of the review is released.
"Why is it going to take that long?" the student asked.
"Why are you guys (the department) playing hardball...you still have a teacher being paid to do nothing."
The student said the Premier had also signalled his intention to meet with him but has not said when.
"He (the Premier) has committed to meeting me face to face," he said. "When is the Premier coming to Naracoorte?"
Asked about this by the Herald, a spokesperson for Premier Mr Weatherill confirmed: "The Premier has agreed to meet the man after the investigation being conducted by the chief executive of the Department for Education and Child Development is complete."
The student has also tried to contact Naracoorte High School to resolve things on a local level - but to no avail.
The student believes he will eventually get an apology - if not from the Education Department then from "higher up".
He has been contacted by the Teacher's Registration Board, which issues the licences for people to become teachers, to meet with them and discuss the issue.
Potential legal action has not been ruled out.
"It's more about trying to move forward from it all," the student concluded.
Naracoorte High School was contacted by the Herald but declined to comment on the case.
In another unrelated incident which has just come to light, a Naracoorte High School teacher has been suspended after an incident in July when he was accused of trying to lure a student or students into being open to sexual activity.