Deon Wiggett | Firing of St Andrew's College headmaster a warning bell for other principals

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A review board found that David Mackenzie groomed boys at St Andrews College.
A review board found that David Mackenzie groomed boys at St Andrews College.
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A review of the conduct of St Andrew's College headmaster Alan Thompon, which found that principals can be fired if they ignore reports of inappropriate behaviour and sexual grooming, should ring a warning bell for other schools dealing with similar allegations, writes Deon Wiggett. 

In what used to be Grahamstown, at the history-steeped St Andrew's College, a nuclear button was pressed on Wednesday. Headmaster Alan Thompson lost his job for ignoring complaints of predatory behaviour against David Mackenzie, the school's former water polo coach.

This follows the hair-raising findings of a review into the conduct of Thompson, and other senior members of staff, once they learnt of inappropriate behaviour by Mackenzie. The review board's report – as stunning as it is reasonable – has seen shockwaves roll from the campus of St Andrew's College (SAC) to the girls' school next door, and onwards to schools up and down the coast and the country.

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