The mainstream media have finally caught up with the role the NZEI played in protecting child rapist Robert Burrett.
But the NZEI are still trying to avoid saying that they screwed up and could have prevented the massive damage to kids.
A teachers union has been accused of “protecting” teacher Robert Burrett before he went on to molest and rape 12 Christchurch schoolgirls, missing a chance to remove him from the profession in the early 2000s.
Pukenui School in Te Kuiti tried to get rid of Burrett, its deputy principal, in 2001 because he was drunk, dishevelled and disorganised.
But according to board chair at the time Steve Parry, the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) made the process extremely difficult.
“They were quite evasive and defensive of the guy, and it frustrated us to a high level,” Parry said. “Of course a person has rights and has to be protected, but they were really trying to make things confusing and difficult, they weren’t really engaging in the problems we had.”
Burrett was able to move from school to school over a three-decade period without any alarm bells ringing about his past. Read more »