Totally disgraceful! That is the only way that I can describe the actions of those teachers of Alexandra School shown on the back page of last Saturday’s newspaper.
As a parent of a son at the school I see their actions as disrespectful to the children, to us parents who were there, to the school and to the Ministry of Education.
Although I was at the ceremony I was not aware that the action was taking place, but I can see no reason for it. It could not have been in response to anything that the Principal said in his very positive report. Indeed, one of the teachers shown in the paper was given high praise by Broomes. I believe that their immature and disrespectful behaviour was premeditated and a result of very bad advice.
The school has been through enough but, based on what I saw and heard at the Speech Day, it seems to be weathering the storm except for a few disgruntled teachers who must have it their way. It is obvious to us that Broomes, through his care and concern, continues to earn the respect of his students and of us parents who hear what our children say. This was seen by all present when the students showed their deep affection through the exceptionally warm and vocal response they gave him when he walked on to the platform to give his address.
I do not know why these teachers want to hound this gentleman simply because he may have said something last year that offended someone. This was widely debated in the public eye and which I believe brought a great deal of embarrassment to the one that my son refers to as the best principal in the world. My son sees him as the father figure that he never had and he responds as such. We lost my husband when my son was only six.
You teachers who turned your back on your duties of supervising the children to grandstand to get your pictures in the paper should be ashamed of yourselves. Whom did it hurt and how professional were your actions? Many of you should know that you have started to lose the respect of the children. My son is in fourth form and is no fool. He and his friends speak openly and your actions have now confirmed to me what they have been saying.
Your actions were totally immature, disrespectful, disgraceful and not befitting of persons seen as senior professionals within a school. My only interest in this matter is what is decent and good as an example for my child and, that behaviour was not.
— Sharon McAllister