A bitter war of words between self-styled child rights advocate Shelly Ross and Anglican priest Charles Morris has escalated, with Ross calling Morris a “liar” in the latest salvo.
Morris yesterday challenged Ross’ objectivity in addressing the recent violent attack involving a student and teacher at Ellerslie Secondary School, and questioned her qualification to lobby on behalf of children.
In roundly condemning Ross’ “public posturing”, the controversial Morris told Barbados TODAY in an interview: “It is a bad precedent because she is not availing herself of any facts,” adding that as a teacher, he found Ross’ utterances to be quite worrying.
“If we follow closely what Miss Shelly Ross did last week without any facts, without listening to any interview or anything, she came to a conclusion that the teacher was wrong and the child was right and the poor child this and the poor child the next,” the outspoken Morris complained.
But it was the clergyman’s reference to Ross’ daughter that infuriated the activist, who has threatened to unleash her attorney on the Combermere School senior teacher.
In his biting criticism of Ross, Morris suggested that she was not fit to address such issues by implying that her daughter had been dismissed from St Winifred’s School in 1998.
A furious Ross struck back this morning in an equally scathing manner, accusing Morris of lying about her daughter and challenging him to support his claims with evidence.
In a post on Barbados TODAY’s Facebook page, Ross also listed her daughter’s accomplishments from St Winifred’s through secondary school and university.
She later told Barbados TODAY that Morris had libelled her daughter and she had turned the matter over to her attorney.
Ross insisted that her daughter had never been dismissed from any school and had been a model student.
“Tell Morris to bring the proof. He has my permission to go to St Winifred’s and find out . . . and if he can’t find any proof, he should then come to public and apologize. He is a liar,” she declared. (EJ)