Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down 200 jobs for his friend
If His Grace were headmaster of a school, and it were disclosed that he had a few paedophile teachers under his charge, and he were made aware of their disgusting activities – indeed, even facilitated and sanctioned them – he might expect the full force of the school’s Governing Body to descend upon him, and for the law to take its course. If, however, with the full complicity of his senior team, he merely shifted these paedophiles from dormitory to dormitory, permitting them to continue harassing and raping the innocent, his repugnant moral worldview ought to be evident to all who have reason.
What, then, if Ofsted were to visit, and the extent of the cover-up made known? A few inspectors were bribed to say nothing; indeed, to provide the school with a favourable report with advanced warnings of future inspections. But the media sniff out that some 4,000 children have been abused, and their headlines cry out for those who suffered, to give a voice to the voiceless and demand justice for the chronic culture of abuse.
And so His Grace, as headmaster, mindful of the damning headlines and the damage to his good name and reputation, decides to close his school immediately, putting 200 outstanding teachers out of a job while he remained securely in his, hoping, perhaps, to open another school in a few months, under a different name.
He leaves it to the police to question the suspect paedophiles, providing no evidence against them. He assures the media that he was, in fact, on holiday while the most serious crimes were committed, leaving his deputy and senior team in charge; and so the guilt is theirs. And the Chairman of Governors supports His Grace, as headmaster, every step of the way. Indeed, the Governing Body authorise the closure of the school and sign redundancy notices for all the outstanding staff who were manifestly oblivious to the evil within their walls.
Would it not be evident (again, to all who have reason) that this headmaster and chairman of governors were more concerned with saving themselves than with the care and education of children; that they prioritise their own reputations over truth and justice; that they are prepared to cause misery to 200 outstanding teachers and to thousands of abused children in order to open a brand new school in a few months, in the hope of putting the whole sordid business behind them?
Who, in their right mind, would then send their child to this new school?
Unless, of course, the Chairman of Governors were able to effect a total brand decontamination, deflecting all attention from the allegations against his headmaster of any wrongdoing, and persuading thousands upon thousands of parents that the shiny, new school is nothing like the old one.
Except, perhaps, for the red flash on top of the school badge.