We were sent this newspaper cutting recently and it has a number of interesting points to address.
1: Freedom of Information (FOI) requests are more important than ever – send yours to DET/DoE today!
2: Do you as parents, want people like Coral O’Neill, Shirley Nirrpurranydji and senior executives like Hylton Hayes running your kids’ school? If they’re threatening the staff with spearing, burning down their house, getting a gun , calling them “a trained tattooed monkey” and “a varmitt (vermin) problem” then how safe are the other teachers and the students?! Remember that DET/DoE is legally liable since they have obviously known about this but done nothing.
3: We give more congratulations to Mr Ferguson for fighting on in the face of such cowardly acts. How many threats and insults should one person have to put up with before something is done? He is a modern day hero, a true credit to his profession, unlike those senior managers.
4: Why weren’t O’Neill and Hayes fired (or Nirrpurranydji)? Write to Gary Barnes and ask him: C/- Dept of Education, Level 14 Mitchell Centre, 55-59 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT.