Questions for Maurice Tomlinson
THE EDITOR, Sir:
IN YOUR editorial on Tuesday, you made mention of the fact that as law students, those who Maurice Tomlinson teach should take into consideration Section 13 (3)(a) of the Charter of Rights in Jamaica's Constitution which speaks about the right to life. As a member of the Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender community, I know all to well the negativity, such as threats and physical attacks, that we as lesbians and gays have to go through at times. I can also relate to what the students are going through, especially those who have to work while attending school. I might get a backlash from the community for what I'm about to say, but who gives a damn?
Mr Tomlinson, being a well-known activist, is fully aware of the dangers members of the community face, and as a well-thinking adult, he could have gone about things differently. There's no way his marriage could have remained a secret with him being a well-known activist, and more recently, with him receiving the David Cato award. Mr Tomlinson should have foreseen the current events. It's no business of mine what goes on in Mr Tomlinson's personal life, but he needs to answer a few questions.
1. Why didn't you put a plan in place for your students in the event of incidents like this?
2. Why couldn't you have ended the semester and then take care of your personal life (your wedding)?
3. I'm sure you are capable of using our current technology. Why didn't you plan webinars and make use of various related tools for your students?
It was very rude of Mr Tomlinson to just tell his students to sit in with other lecturer(s). I'd be very upset too.