LETTER: Photo normalises unacceptable situation
- Ms Novak's original letter: "Principal should be sacked"
- Mr Dougherty's response: "It's over, a small mistake, a great speech, move on"
I WOULD like to respectfully respond to Mr Dougherty's letter with regard to my comments calling for the sacking of the McAuley Catholic College principal for the inappropriate use of a photo during a graduation ceremony.
Firstly I was contacted by a couple of parents who were there and who had expressed concern and who were upset about the use of the said photo.
The photo in question, a woman with her mouth taped, normalises a situation that simply is not acceptable under any circumstances, not even humour as an image says a thousand words, no matter what is being said in the room.
My Victorian values of integrity, honesty, good manners and a moral code have stood me in good stead while raising my three children so I expect nothing less from anyone in a position of leadership.
My authority to call for the sacking of a school principal comes as a member of this community who believes in having standards to aspire to.
Debrah Novak, Yamba