Monday May 31st 2010
My daughter is a 12th grade student at a private school on Grand Bahama. I am writing this letter because of an incident that occurred between my daughter and the Vice Principle at that school on Thursday January 7th 2010.
The Vice principle asked my daughter what she intended to do with her life after she graduated. My daughter went on to explain what her intentions were; after which, the Vice Principle told my daughter; she never joined any of the clubs provided at the school and when she graduate’s she would have nothing on her transcript which is essential and it plays a major role for employment or college.
My daughter begun to give her reason for not joining any of the clubs when the Vice Principle told her; she never joined nothing, she never donates to nothing, she never takes part in nothing so she might as well call her ‘Nothing’ because she don’t do nothing. My daughter said; this was said to her in front of the entire commerce class and the teacher that was conducting the class.
My daughter came home on numerous occasions complaining about the Vice principle’s treatment of her and I would always tell her she will be out of there soon and she must grin and bear it until such time as she graduate’s but this time the Vice principle was way out of line. I was going to let it go but it kept bothering me then I made an appointment to see the Principle at 10.30 am on Monday February 8th 2010, which was exactly one month since the incident happened.
During the appointment l explained the behavior of the Vice principle toward my daughter to the Principle who sent for the Vice principle who swore she never told my daughter she will be nothing. She said she told my daughter she would have nothing on her transcript. At that point; I told the Principle, there is no way the Vice Principle could have said she would have nothing on her transcript and my daughter would interpret it as her saying she would be nothing and my daughter said it was the class topic for days after it happened.
After the Principle’s disappointing response to the matter, I told both the Principle and the Vice Principle; this was not the end and even though my daughter was taken out of class in the middle of her math period both the Principle and the Vice Principle kept my daughter through out the entire history period that followed drilling her to change her story but she stuck to it because she knew what was said to her.
The Principle called me on Wednesday February 10th 2010 to say she was satisfied after talking with the teacher and the students that my daughter had misinterpreted what the Vice Principle had said. I told her in spite of the teacher and the students not backing my daughter’s accusation, which I knew was due to the fear of retaliation from the Vice Principle, there was no way my daughter could have misinterpreted what the Vice Principle had said and she was not foolish enough to tell an outright lie on the Vice Principle. I told the Principle I was not pleased with the out come and I knew for a fact the Vice Principle tend to favour the boys over the girls when ever there is conflict between students and she has been mistreating students for years and there are former students who can prove she did and she continues to get away with it because no one was prepared to take the stand I am taking.
This unfair treatment toward the students has to stop. I wrote a letter to the School administrator on Monday February 15th 2010 complaining about the situation and after waiting for a reply for over a month another letter was written to the administrator threatening to go to the media after which a meeting was set for Thursday May 13th 2010 at 7. p m at his office. At the meeting, the Vice Principle continued denying the fact that she said my daughter would be nothing and she refused to apologize and she said she never would. The administrator who in my opinion knew she was guilty, and was doing a balancing act, told the Vice Principle she did not have to apologize if she knew she didn’t say it but he would like her to apologize for being misunderstood. She told him she is not afraid of me and there was no way she would apologize in any way. I brought this injustice to the attention of the public because a Vice Principle is one who should build the esteem of the students not break it down.
Derek B. Russell-Sr
Freeport Grand Bahama