Whenever I expose an issue that others are trying to keep quiet, the tip line literally explodes with new information. As I have always said, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
The Board of Kristin School is concerned that parents may be reading my blog and are getting upset that their attempts to keep things quiet are now coming apart.
In a typical PR move, the Board has written a “Dear Parents” letter. This could be classified as an attempt to control the issue, and also start to position their Executive Principal Peter Clague against the allegations of assault that have been made against him by his ex-wife Ms Jackman.
Message From Kristin Board
By saying that the “incident that occurred over two years ago” the Board is trying to make out that it can’t have been too big a deal, otherwise surely she would have complained to the Police earlier than two weeks ago. I wonder what people within domestic violence groups would say to that line.
The big question is this – is there a medical report into the incident? If there is, and the Police have it, then the Board may have fired their guns defending him prematurely. Giving Mr Clague the benefit of doubt perhaps he hasn’t told them about it yet. Boards, like politicians don’t like surprises.
That aside, it’s a bit rich expecting Clague’s ex-wife to make a complaint to the Board. What for? To have the issue swept under the carpet? The Police are the appropriate authority for a complaint of this nature – not the Board of a private school. Makes you wonder who they think they are.
But back to the letter. In typical PR hackery, they blame Ms Jackman for upsetting students who are studying for their exams saying that “Peter is particularly distressed at the possibility of this happening”. I think Peter has other things on his mind.
But it’s nice to see that the Board well and truly locked in their support to Mr Clague.
It does make me wonder whether the Board should have a tip-line as well. If they did, maybe the Board’s Chair Philippa Fee would hear about concerns of parents like these;
“When your own children point out women in the school car park at Kristin and say “Dad, that’s one of the teachers Peter Clague had an affair with when he was married to his first wife.” When questioned further the response was “its common knowledge, all the kids know. He’s a bit of a sleaze.”
“Frankly I’m surprised it was domestic violence and not [redacted]. My daughter has lost two fantastic teachers because of this man’s “extra-curricular” activities who had affairs with him and when he’s moved onto the next person, they’ve had to leave because they can’t work there (Kristin) any more, plus all the mothers he’s been involved with … he should be stood down until this investigation is over… if innocent, he keeps his job, if not, he’s gone.”
I’m a strong believer in innocent before being proven guilty. What riles me is when there’s a leader of a school up against an assault allegation and the school’s Board may not have all the facts.
Remember, It’s Not OK.