ERO chief review officer Graham Stoop told Morning Report that the office would expect a school to bring a matter such as this to its attention, but there is no evidence that Pamapuria School’s board of trustees did so.
Stoop might want to re-check with those who did reviews of Pamapuria school. Is it true that ERO knew about the Police letter and had copies of in-committee/in-confidence minutes from when the matter with Parker was originally brought up? And despite all that, why did ERO reviewers then give positive reviews of the school, and of the Deputy Principal – Parker?
The text of the letter from the Police to the Board of Trustees (in 2009) includes:
“in my view, it is clearly inappropriate for a school teacher to invite school children to their residence outside of school hours and having them sleeping over and I would suggest that this practice must stop immediately and protocols be initiated to stop this from occurring in the future. Given that Mr Parker holds the position of Deputy Principal I believe that this is highly unprofessional and has obviously called Mr Parker’s reputation into question in this instance. ”
And while we are at it. What is Parker’s lawyer thinking suggesting that Parker’s offending was “no suggestion of violence”. It was repeat sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is violence. End of story.