An Open Letter To Mary Speakman, Headteacher At Altrincham Grammar School For Girls
Saturday, June 22, 2013 by Daz
Silencing the victims is never the solution.
shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows
Dear Mrs Speakman,
I recently read
in The Guardian about the efforts of one of your students to set up a Feminist Society within your school, and about the backlash she and her fellow students have suffered as a result of it. Almost as disheartening as the rampant misogyny of their detractors, however, was the response of the school itself, which was to require their work to be taken down from the internet.
In your words (my emphasis), “We are committed to protecting the safety and welfare of our students, which extends to their safety online… As such, we will take steps to recommend students remove words or images that they place online that could compromise their safety or that of other students at the school.”
Mrs Speakman, not only is this contradictory – you start out by saying that the school is committed to protecting…
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