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A prestigious Melbourne school has given their deputy headmaster the chop after he gave one student a haircut.

According to news.com.au, Rohan Brown was forced to step down from Trinity Grammar School, where he has worked for 30 years, after he was filmed cutting a student’s hair the day before the school’s photo day.

Dissent In The School Ranks

The decision has prompted a massive backlash, with parents threatening to remove their children from the school. A special meeting was held on Friday night to demand the school bring back Mr Brown. More than 800 people attended the meeting, with supporters warning that the school will “fall apart” without him.

The boy at the centre of the row sent a message to Friday’s meeting and said he never wanted Mr Brown to be fired.
“Mr Brown and I made up and it was all good … A video was passed around and the council found out about it. The council made the decision and it has all fallen on me,” it read.

Students also held mass protests over the controversial move, walking out of class during the day and chanting “Brownie, Brownie, return Brownie” at lunchtime.

Heads Need to Roll

Trinity Grammar’s Old Boys Association has demanded that chairman Roderick Lyle resign for sacking deputy headmaster Rohan Brown last week, reports The Australian. It also wants headmaster Michael Davies, who supported the sacking, to take on a “caretaker role” until a successor is found.

Old Trinity Grammarians Association president David Baumgartner has had a long-running feud with Trinity’s current leadership over the school’s direction and he is opposed to plans to boost the school’s capacity from 1300 to nearly 2000 students.

“Trinity Grammar has never been a doctors’ and lawyers’ factory; we’re a ‘good men’ factory … we need to go back to the school’s holistic tradition,” he said.

“Their focus is on growth; businessmen are running our school, but it’s not a business.”

Mr Brown Wants To Come Back

Mr Brown spoke to the Herald Sun and said he hoped he could return, expressing his support for his students.

“For almost 30 years I’ve tried to give as much as I can to the school and I’d like to keep going,” he said

“I do very much love the school and I bleed green and gold.

“I sincerely hope the boys are not affected by it and I’m hoping to see them and the staff soon — I’d like to still support them.

“The boys are more important than this.”

  • I dont think any touching between teaching staff and students is acceptable

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  • Such a huge storm in a teacup – the child in question didn’t object at all – it seemed like there was a vendetta out to get this teacher. However it all ended happily – the teacher reinstated and the principal finally decided to leave.

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  • I agree he should never have cut the child’s hair without the parents permission, but I don’t believe he should have been sacked either.

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  • I’m a fan of all the puns in here. I’m not sure I’d be thrilled if my child’s hair was cut by a teacher (albeit the Principal) without discussing it with me first.

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  • I have followed this and look to see how it will play out. Interestingly, the hair cutting incident happened weeks ago – early into Term 1. It’s only since the video went viral that there has been fallout. The family involved had already dealt with it. Interesting to see how this plays out, but the parents and school community are obviously very passionate about the situation. Nice to see parents giving a damn.

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  • Quite an odd story. I know as a parent I would be a bit miffed if someone cut my child’s hair without my permission…

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  • I think, if the kids all want him back, bring him back. There sounds to me to be far more to the story than they are telling us.

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  • Shows that even the best schools have issues.

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  • The principal who cut the boys hair, should be sacked, unless there is more to the story than what we are being told, if any staff member of any school cut my childs hair , they would be charged with assault, not to mention the principal doing this in front of the whole school, how degrading for the poor kid, but as i said if there is more to the story it might change my opinion, but on the surface of hearing this story, its disgraceful

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  • I sure think that cutting a students hair is reason to sack this person ! Totally unacceptable !!

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  • He shouldn’t have done it, but unless there were other issues, it shouldn’t have been a firing offence.

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  • Not sure it was reason enough to fire him, but he definitely shouldn’t have cut that child’s hair!

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  • He should not have cut the student’s hair, but sacking him is extreme.

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  • He should not have cut the student’s hair but it still seems like they were looking for an excuse to get rid of him

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