A former principal of St Andrews' Cathedral School in Sydney, Dr. John Collier, is facing criticism for his controversial comments regarding a teacher's murder and a perverted teacher at the school. Last week, he referred to Lilie James' murderer, Paul Thijssen, as a "role model" and an "absolute delight," sparking outrage.
However, this is not the first time Dr. Collier's comments have caused controversy. In 2013, he asked students to show compassion for a teacher, Robert Emmett, who filmed up the skirts of St Andrews' students. Dr. Collier wrote to parents, stating that students should be measured in their remarks and show compassion for the emotional devastation Emmett would feel. These comments have resurfaced, shedding light on the school's handling of the incident.
Emmett's case involved much more than initially portrayed. After his arrest, police discovered a large collection of child abuse material on his computer, including thousands of images and videos. Despite this, Emmett was not jailed for his crimes but instead served a two-year sentence in the community under an Intensive Correction Order.
In the aftermath of Lilie James' murder, Dr. Collier's defense of Thijssen has further intensified the criticism. James, a champion swimmer and a teacher at the school, was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend and colleague, Thijssen, after she ended their relationship. Dr. Collier's comments describing Thijssen as not a monster but rather committing a monstrous act have sparked outrage among the tight-knit community at St Andrews' Cathedral School.
Aside from these incidents, Dr. Collier's leadership has also come under scrutiny. In November 2019, he faced criticism for a uniform check that allegedly involved lecturing Year 12 girls on the length of their skirts. While he denied the accusations, stating that the girls were provided with tools to lengthen their skirts, it caused unrest and an apology was issued to the girls.
The controversy surrounding Dr. Collier's comments and leadership decisions raises concerns about the culture and values within St Andrews' Cathedral School. Parents and community members are demanding a thorough investigation into these incidents and questioning the school's commitment to student safety and well-being.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Dr. Collier for comment on these recent controversies.