DON’T BULLY US
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