No, You Haven’t Had Your ‘Freedom Of Speech’ Taken Away…

…why do so many people claim that they have, when they haven’t?

A parents’ group claims members have been denied their freedom of speechafter a school suspended its forum.Forum chairwoman Debbie Woudman said: “I feel like we’ve been chopped off at the knees. We were asked to form this group because the school wanted people to engage and we have tried every which way to do that.

“It feels like we have hit a brick wall at every turn. They have been extremely unhelpful.”

Fellow forum member Corianda Sweetman added: “The move is being rushed through and we don’t feel as if consultation has taken place, except maybe between the headteacher and school governors.”

A forum member, who asked not be named, said: “They have taken away our freedom of speech. We joined the forum with the intention of being positive and doing the best for our children. This is ridiculous.”

And why was it suspended?

The group first met to discuss academy proposals in early May.After their second meeting details of the discussion was shared with union representatives and then the local press.

Incensed by the “leak” the headteacher, Alison Beer, along with governors, suspended the group with immediate effect.

As, it seems, they had every right to do:

Following the suspension, the forum sent a letter to the school to pass on to parents. The forum claims the letter was edited before it was handed out.The letter describes the group as breaking “an agreement of confidentiality” agreed at the start of the meeting.

The irony of the parents running to the local newspaper to whinge about losing their ‘freedom of speech’ is, one presumes, lost on them?

8 comments for “No, You Haven’t Had Your ‘Freedom Of Speech’ Taken Away…

  1. ivan
    June 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    A picture of two short planks comes to mind.

  2. June 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Freedom of speech is a crucial liberty that is under threat in a very real sense in Britain and elsewhere. That’s why it drives me up the wall when people make such illegitimate claims that their rights have been violated.

    • June 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Me too. It’s rather like ‘censorship’, which similarly gets thrown around willy-nilly.

  3. June 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I suspect the school formed the group and didn’t like what they were saying, thus the suspension. That’s the trouble with consulting people, they may think for themselves.

    • June 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Spot on!

  4. john in cheshire
    June 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    The school sounds as though it has a good headmistress.

  5. Tarka the Rotter
    June 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Bet Louis XVI wished he’d never convoked the Estates General too…

    • June 12, 2012 at 5:26 am


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