“Twillingate Island Elementary has always been proud to provide a safe
environment for all students and we continue
to have this as
our number one priority.
If you have any further concerns regarding
matter or any matter regarding your child,
please don’t hesitate to
call us at the school.”
Principal David K. Dove
and vice-principal Tonia Gillard
Why did it take a sensational news story about the incident at Twillingate Island Elementary for the leadership at the school, and the board to issue a letter of apology?
The mother of the ten-year-old boy says she began seeking answers and an apology as soon as the Febrez incident occurred. She said the teach hung-up on her, rather than apologize. Yesterday, she met with the principle and no apology was offered. She complained to the board and no apology was made.
Now, in the wake of a international media storm, the little hierarchy in the staff room at Twillingate Island Elementary has been forced to concede what little common sense was illustrated by a fellow member of the staff.
All of this might have been avoided with a little apology and some communication last week, but that was not going to happen because of the elitist "teachers know best" syndrome that exists in many smaller community schools. This is as much about class as it is about punishment. That could only be complicated by the fact that the principal, and the teacher in question, are siblings.
Instead, the apology looks forced and the entire world has heard of the Febreze spraying teacher who sprayed a kid for smelling like fish in a province known for it's fish!
Imagine if Alberta schools started spraying farmers children with Febreze because they smelled like dairy farms!
The buck should not stop with the teacher.
The administration must be accountable as well.
Dismissing legitimate concerns is a stupid way to manage a school.