Furious parents are threatening principals with legal injunctions if their kids are overlooked for sports teams and school musicals.
The increased threats have forced the Government, principals and Crown Law to work together to draw up legal advice for schools faced by parents hiring lawyers.
It follows several high-profile injunctions lodged against schools – including in March against Christchurch’s prestigious St Bede’s College over the dropping of two rowers.
Petulant parents with more money than sense have been given the tools to force schools to do things against their will – they don’t have the funds to defend themselves
• Some schools have delayed naming First XVs due to legal threats from parents upset over selections;
• Parents have sought legal advice after their kids failed to land lead roles in school musicals;
• Lawyers have been called in after children missed spots in representative debating teams;
• Schools other than St Bede’s College have received legal threats from parents upset over rowing crews.
It is all fairly short-sighted. Those St Bede’s kids are now marked for life. Nobody will go near them with the knowledge the package includes precious litigious parents. Read more »