Maclean principal probes complaint

MACLEAN High School principal Tony Carr is investigating a complaint that students at the school were manipulated into writing and signing letters protesting against the building of a McDonald’s restaurant at Yamba.

Yesterday’s Daily Examiner detailed an accusation from an MHS student who said his class was asked to copy the protest letter from a teacher’s whiteboard last week and the boy’s sister was asked to sign a letter the following day.

The student also claimed his letter in support of the development was rejected by the teacher, as were his opinions on the matter.

A short response from the Department of Education yesterday simply stated ‘the principal received a complaint from a parent and is currently looking into the matter’.

As the Examiner had sent several questions to the department over the matter on Tuesday, a more detailed response was sought and a spokesman said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to comment further because the incidents were being looked into.

“We can respond in more detail once the matter has been looked into,” the spokesman said.

Various sources have confirmed the family making the claims against the MHS teacher are not involved in the McDonald’s development as landowners or potential franchisees.

The family has said it is not involved in any way.



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