ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Culture of silence broken?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Dear editor:

As the saga unfolds with principal of Hampton School for girls, Miss Heather Murray, and the accused pastor Rupert Clarke, I think the culture of silence that we have embraced has been broken.
No longer is it hushed whispering while an alleged perpetrator continues his wrongdoing. Also, there must be no law that protects accused from being photographed.
Name them and shame them, even if it’s my family member.
As I reflect on a presentation at a professional development conference in January 2016 — how didactic was the presenter as she urged us to love ourselves, take care of our image and our mental wellness.
She also encouraged us to reflect on our journey and prepare a way to move forward in our lives as mothers, educators and upright citizens.
What was she thinking when she attempted to block media personnel from taking photographs of the 64-year-old accused clergyman? Where is the display of moral conscience that she extols?
I am always saddened when matters of this ignominious nature preclude a career, which has much emphasis on character building and qualification.
Teachers, and especially pastors, are expected to lead lives of unparalleled regularity.
Many men are predators hiding behind these professions that warrant trust. These men seem to have a warped sense of thinking.
Is the alleged victim belonging to a lesser God, undeserving of care and protection?
It is imperative to extricate oneself from matters that involve the police and close relatives, which can jeopardise your livelihood and taint your image.
Miss Murray should’ve found out how the alleged victim is managing instead. Nothing she says justifies her stance. You must be willing to die for a noble cause not an ignoble one. She must not remain in her employ. Many professionals who are imbued with values of self-respect and common sense would be willing to walk the talk.
Boundaries are critical — she overstepped this one.

Denise James




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