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December 17, 2012
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JTA probes popular principal

Accused of constant sexual harassment

SHELDON WILLIAMS, Staff Reporter

Strong sexual harassment allegations have been made against a popular Corporate Area high-school principal by a female teacher who claims she is being victimised by the headmaster.

It is being alleged that the principal always seeks to start squabbles between himself and the educator and had even labelled her a bad teacher.

In one instance, there was a row between the two on a staircase at the school that ended with the principal asking the teacher if she is not going to do what she needs to do to get back her job.

It is being alleged that the statement was made after the teacher was given an illegal dismissal letter.

The frustrated teacher has made several written complaints to the relevant authorities detailing her plight.

Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Teacher's Association (JTA), Leaon Nash, confirmed the association is aware of the complaint.

"We are aware of the report and we will be conducting our investigations into the matter.We can't say much more on it until we have conducted our own investigations to determine the truth to the situation," Nash commented.

Our news team was able to obtain a copy of one of the letters that was copied to the Ministry of Education, The Bureau Of Women's Affairs and the JTA among other persons.

In the letter, the teacher wrote, "With the current harassment that I have been experiencing, I envision a very rough time under the stewardship of the principal. I am basically concerned with his method of approach which he sees fit to attack me in every conceivable day I come across his path."

The complainant also described her dilemma as stressful. "This creates a lot of stress which I have been experiencing as a consequence of his endless urge to make me a scapegoat under his continued watch," the teacher noted.

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