Sun | Jul 21, 2019

Edna’s ‘senior lecher’ must go!

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:19 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

What has or, more accurately, not been taking place at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in response to complaints made by and/or on behalf of female sexual harassment victims enrolled at that institution shows gross contempt for the students.

The principal of the college, Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson, upon first learning of the alleged sexually charged behaviour of the senior lecturer in question towards female students, should have acted in a far more vigilant, far more professional, and far more effective manner.

The accused predator in question was allowed to retain his job at the institution, which facilitated even more reports of harassment of female students, including reports of giving them low or lower grades if they refused to acquiesce to his sexual demands.

Nothing short of the accused sexual predator being immediately relieved of his duties by the board, along with the resignation or firing of the principal, ought to be accepted, or acceptable, by the students and members of the faculty at the college.

The principal failed time and time again to protect the students, whose complaints fell on deaf ears.

The name of the accused predatory senior lecturer ought to be published in order to name and shame him and, moreover, to ensure that he won’t be afforded a future opportunity to gain employment at another institution of learning, where he could harass other female students.

PATRICK GALLIMORE

pagalley@protonmail.com