Calabar visits KC, apologises at devotion

BY SHANAE STEWART
Observer staff reporter
stewarts@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 04, 2019

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CALABAR High School delivered on its promise to apologise to Kingston College (KC) at the school's devotion exercise yesterday.

Principal of Calabar Albert Corcho, who is currently on leave, acting Principal Calvin Rowe, and Head Boy Andre McKenzie were yesterday welcomed by the KC community at St Augustine Chapel on the North Street campus (Clovelly Park).

The apology came after a video showing students of Calabar High School chanting derogatory slurs about the “brave” boys of North Street (KC) was being circulated on social media.

McKenzie apologised on behalf of his school and also extended a congratulatory message to KC on their triumph Saturday in the boys' section of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championship.

“On behalf of the Calabar High School community, I would like to express congratulations on your victory in the recently concluded championships,” McKenzie said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to offer sincerest apologies for the defamatory video that has been circulating, where students of my school were doing a shameful chant about your school. Please note that we do not condone this kind of behaviour,” he continued.

An apology from the acting principal then followed.

“The behaviour showed by a pocket of our students was outright abhorrent and is in no way encouraged or tolerated by the Calabar school community. Our presence here this morning (yesterday) not only falls on the heels of the soft copy of the apology that was sent to Principal [Dave] Myrie of Kingston College on Monday, but it also serves to cement our commitment to restoration and healing,” said Rowe.

“I assure you that Calabar has already begun, and is in an advanced state of identifying the genesis of this disgraceful act,” he continued.

“Friends, brothers, I apologise on behalf of our school, for the disgrace shown by some of our students and for the disrespect to your school, and trust that together we can find ways to move beyond this quickly, not just for our schools, but also for our country,” the acting principal said.

Myrie accepted the apologies and shared that he is ready to move on from the situation.

In addition to apologising to Kingston College, Calabar is also expected to provide Karl Samuda, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation who has been assigned responsibility for the education portfolio, with the result of its investigation by tomorrow.


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