Why isn’t this school named, it is clear there is a systemic problem

Name suppression can be an evil thing, especially when it involves three teachers, inappropriate relationships and it is all at one school:

Parents are worried about their children’s safety after a spate of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students at a high school.

The school’s name is suppressed after the New Zealand Teachers’ Tribunal ruled publicity could put students at risk.

The sweeping suppression orders also prevent Stuff from naming the teachers and the sources quoted.

A teacher has been struck off the register and two others are under investigation for serious misconduct, as frustration festers among remaining staff who say they’ve been left in the dark.

The school won’t discuss the cases, citing the suppression ruling.

“Frankly, we are disgusted by the lack of proactive measures to keep the students safe,” says a parent with children at the school.

Fairfax then goes and does something sneaky, and names another teacher who was dismissed from the same school. They have created a puzzle to allow readers to identify the school which is suppressed.

I was convicted of doing the same thing, so I hope someone in the Education Council reports this breach to the Police [WARNING: Don’t try and be smart in the comments or it will result in a lifetime permanent ban and the providing of your details to authorities.]

The second teacher has appeared before the tribunal, but a decision has not been released yet.

The teacher has been stood down.

Stuff understands the teacher pursued an inappropriate relationship with a female year 11 student in 2016. The name of the school, teacher and student are suppressed.

The relationship was discovered after screenshots of text and Instagram messages circulated around the school. It’s understood the messages contained sexual content and claims from the teacher that they were in love with the student.

The teacher allegedly visited the student at home, delivering McDonald’s. On another occasion they drove the student and a female friend, who also goes to the school, to a night club.

The parent said several students had approached staff members saying the teacher made them feel uncomfortable by offering to buy food and deliver “personal favours”.

A third teacher is also under investigation by the Education Council after an alleged inappropriate relationship with a male year 11 student.

It’s understood the incident occurred in term four of 2016.

The teacher, the student’s mathematics teacher, has since been stood down, but a date for a tribunal hearing has not been set.

A request for details under the Official Information Act was denied by the council.

There is a clear problem at this school. This case is about three teachers and there was a fourth. How many more are there?

A staff member at the school said questions about the resignations were shut down and not acknowledged by the school’s management.

“Teachers are left to deal with repercussions on their own, finding out details of the incidents through students and an atmosphere of suspicion from parents,” the staff member said.

“We are given no information or support from management about how to address the issues and the implications in the workplace.”

The school’s principal said there were “wide-ranging” legal suppression orders that limited what they could say, but the school acted in the best interests for student and teacher welfare.

The principal said they ensured staff were “explicitly aware” of their professional responsibilities and that “very high standards” must be upheld.

“If any individual chooses to step outside of their clear professional boundaries we take immediate action to investigate. We then take whatever steps are necessary, including mandatory reporting to the Education Council.”

The principal is obviously in denial that there is a problem at the school, as are the board.

One inappropriate relationship is bad enough, but now there are four. That is no coincidence.

 

-Fairfax


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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