Nola Formentin, fired for allegedly emailing parents a reportedly ‘School Review type’ memo, later returned to campus to bid farewell to her students and colleagues. In a knee-jerk reaction, the management of St. Andrews International Primary School, Malawi, sent security to have her removed.
Overreacting, the G4S security guards, in full tactical garb, knocked Nola to the ground, bloodying her mouth. She has since left the country. However, witnesses will testify on her behalf in a pending court case against the guards, all of whom were jailed following the incident.
A ‘forensic investigation team’ contracted by the school later identified the campus computer used to compose and distribute the email. The team concluded it was composed and sent by a previous staff member, proving Nola had been falsely accused.
The Board of Governors, however, in the face of the forensic team’s findings as well as the court absolving Nola of all guilt, continues to hold her responsible for the email and apparently feels justified in their actions.
Westerners often feel a false sense of immunity from these types of injustices. Nevertheless, upon touchdown on a host country’s runway, we’re playing by their rules. The injustices such as those Nola experienced often go unreported and are kept under wraps by schools, Boards and Administrators, all acting on a hunch, out on a witch hunt.
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