MISS BOTT'S SAD CASE.
TO THE EDITOIt. n,^ lB > roatl yam lead er in to-night's Star on Miss Botts case with satisfaction. Her alleged virtual dismissal by the Fort Chalmers School Committee, apart from the very sad consequences to herself, is a matter that concerns every teacher iu the Board's service and the general public as well. Pending an inquiry by the proper authorities, and the disclosure of the facts, comment in your correspondence coluinu is inadvisable. I therefore refrain.
But without trenching on the case as between poor Miss Botfc and the School Committee, one may safely endorse your views as to possible danger and injustice if committees had (or have) the power to oust teachers. Recent inquiries into trumpery charges of undue seventy have too clearly shown that in almost every community there are men who, as members of committees, would be a menace to teachers. Take, for example, the mau at a suburban school immiry not long ago who so displayed bitter auimosity to the teacher unjustly accused as to call for the interference and censure of the chairman; or the more recent case of a committeeman of a City school who, when ballled in bis action, avowed his determination not to rest satisfied uutil he had accomplished the expulsion of the teaoher. We speak of toachers being in the service of the Education Board." Aro they also in the service of school committees ? If they are, then it is an eye-'opener. With you, I watch developments as regards the' caso of Miss Bott, as doubtless do many others.—l am, etc., Citizen .Dunedin, September 17.
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MISS BOTT'S SAD CASE., Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897