AUSTRALIA: School principal who replaced convert-to Islam principal after he tried to force students to conform to Islamic practices, is being threatened

AUSTRALIA: School principal who replaced convert-to Islam principal after he tried to force students to conform to Islamic practices, is being threatened

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March 11, 2017

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A VIOLENT threat made against the new principal at Punchbowl Boys’ High School in front of other teachers has been described as “appalling” by the NSW Education boss.

Department Secretary Mark Scott this morning confirmed they had encouraged new principal Robert Patruno to report the threat — made by two men of Middle Eastern appearance aged between 19 and 20 — to police.

This latest development comes amid community anger over the department’s decision to remove principal Chris Griffiths and his deputy Joumana Dennaoui over a range of alleged issues, including refusing to participate in a state government-funded program to counter violent extremism after the school was deemed “high risk”.

 

 

Ray Hadley revealed on 2GB this morning that Patruno had been threatened in front of teachers by two men who are claimed to have said: “We’re going to get you, we’re going to f*** you up you dog, f*** you.”

“It’s appalling and there are no two ways around that, and it’s disturbing and that is why we encouraged the principal to brief the police on it which he did,” Mr Scott told 2GB.

“We’ve spoken to the principal about it, we encouraged him to report it to the police, but as I understand it, he just wants to get on with calming down the school community, spending time in front of the parents and the kids and getting on with his leadership.”

Police today released a statement on the matter.

“About 4.30pm on Tuesday a 32-year-old man attended Bankstown police station to make a threat made against him the previous day,” it said.

“At the time of making the report the 32-year-old wished no further police action be taken.”

 

 

It has also been revealed members of the community are arranging a protest against Mr Patruno being appointed at the school in the “coming weeks”.

Mother-of-five Rana Dergham said students had been chanting “we want Mr Griffiths back” in class.

She has two boys at the school and said both parents and students were robbed of a farewell for Mr Griffiths, sparking resentment in the school community.

“We are never going to know the real story about why the principal was removed. We were told what the department wanted us to hear, that he was removed because we there was not enough harmony or unity in the school,” Ms Dergham said.

“The boys are upset and we are upset because the last principal was great. The boys and the deputy didn’t have closure through a farewell.

“Mr Griffiths would refer to the kids as my boys.”

 

 

Mr Scott said he was confident the matter would calm down.

“We all know teenagers, teenagers get stirred up, of course it has stirred things up, but just as it quickly stirred up we’re confident it will calm down,” he said.

He acknowledged parents and students were surprised by the sudden change in leadership at the school.

 

Robert Patruno was allegedly threatened: “We’re going to get you, we’re going to f*** you up you dog, f*** you.”
Robert Patruno was allegedly threatened: “We’re going to get you, we’re going to f*** you up you dog, f*** you.”

 

Mr Patruno is a former head teacher at Punchbowl Boys’ High School and has also worked with children with behavioural difficulties at the Verona School in Fairfield.

It has been confirmed that Mr Griffiths was stood down after the school had refused to take part in the government-funded School Communities Working Together program, which aims to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

The department intervened shortly after school resumed from the summer holidays and immediate concerns were raised about the lack of “staff unity”, several department policies not being followed and the school becoming “more isolated from the community”.

His most recent post was as the principal of the Dorchester School at the Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre in Airds, near Campbelltown.

He has so far declined to give any statement to media.

 

Punchbowl Boys’ High School where concerns have been raised about the lack of staff unity.
Punchbowl Boys’ High School where concerns have been raised about the lack of staff unity.

 

It has been confirmed that Mr Griffiths was stood down after the school had refused to take part in the government-funded School Communities Working Together program, which aims to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

The department intervened shortly after school resumed from the summer holidays and immediate concerns were raised about the lack of “staff unity”, several department policies not being followed and the school becoming “more isolated from the community”.

 

 

Original article courtesy of The Daily Telegraph.

 

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