Governor's reaction to drink-drive conviction
A GOVERNOR at a Newquay secondary school has broken a wall of silence surrounding the conviction of its head teacher for drink-driving.
John Fitter criticised the chair of governors at Treviglas College for failing to address parents' concerns and act "professionally".
But he defended head Karen Ross, who was banned from driving and fined £500 on August 29 this year.
Parents were outraged to discover Mrs Ross, a role model to youngsters and a pillar of the community, had failed a roadside breath test three months ago.
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But they were even angrier that the school's governing body, led by chair Theresa Frost, had tried to "sweep the conviction under the carpet".
Many told this newspaper they only found out through their children, who had heard rumours flying around the school. The school said it would send a statement to all parents soon – but not to the media.
Mr Fitter said: "It is quite clear that the governing body have not responded to this in a professional manner, which it should have done from the start."
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