DON’T BULLY US

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

By what right does the JC set it­self up as the com­mu­nity’s self-ap­pointed court of ap­peal? Your ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing al­leged bul­ly­ing at King Solomon High School ( JC, April 4), with its thought­lessly sen­sa­tion­alised head­line, is un­wor­thy of a re­spon­si­ble com­mu­nity news­pa­per.

Ev­ery school has a for­mal com­plaints’ pro­ce­dure, clearly stated and made avail­able to all par­ents. Mr and Mrs Sword have been ad­vised on more than one oc­ca­sion to state their com­plaint in writ­ing to the Chair of Gov­er­nors of the school, so that it can be dealt with ac­cord­ing to the re­quired pro­to­cols, which are of course en­shrined in law. How­ever, no such writ­ten com­plaint has been re­ceived and un­til it is the Chair of Gov­er­nors is not able to take this mat­ter for­ward.

It is in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the JC to lend its col­umns to a com­plaint from dis­af­fected par­ents with­out re­quir­ing in­con­tro­vert­ible ev­i­dence that any mal­prac­tice has taken place. You will not have such ev­i­dence, as within the frame­work of a school and the pro­to­cols that gov­ern its treat­ment of com­plaints, it is ut­terly in­ap­pro­pri­ate for us to pub­licly re­spond to press re­ports of such a na­ture. Your read­ers can­not be ap­prised of the full facts of this par­tic­u­lar case and there­fore they are left, grossly un­fairly, to draw con­clu­sions from your un­bal­anced re­port. I would ask you to de­sist from such re­port­ing and that you en­quire as to whether com­plainants have used the avail­able av­enues of re­dress be­fore you rush to of­fer your pages in their sup­port. Diana Lazarus Chair of Gov­er­nors, King Solomon High School, Il­ford IG6

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