I think that your paper, as the media, needs to be more responsible with the articles you put out there for the public to read.
I refer to Wednesday’s Editorial Oh no, Mr. Farley. I, like you, do not know the full details regarding the suspension of these students and I am also in no way “backing” the principal.
I would never condone misuse of authority by any principal or teacher; however, we the right thinking members of the public know that what we saw in the media on Wednesday most likely was not what Farley and the teachers saw at school earlier to prompt the suspensions.
Obviously it is one thing for the media and another for the school compound.
As a young person, I know for a fact that many students leave home in one set of attire and turn up at school (and other locations) in something totally different. Breach of dress code does not only relate to length of uniform, but also to inappropriate footwear, extravagant hairstyles, etc.
Furthermore, Farley’s suspension of those 265 students was probably the only way he would ever see the parents and guardians of those children. Parents do not usually attend form level or PTA meetings or any events geared towards the development of their children, but as soon as a suspension or such matter occurs, they are quick to run to the media who, no doubt, would sensationalise the matter promptly.
I find it distasteful that your paper is calling for a commission of enquiry for such a matter. Perhaps we should have a commission of enquiry to determine why the majority of parents turn up at the schools to argue their children’s case when they are in breach of the school rules, but cannot be found for form level or PTA meetings.
— Michelle Ifill
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