Sacked teacher back at school
July 11, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald
IN 2001, Roger Graham, an English teacher at the Newcastle Waldorf School, began writing love letters to a 16-year old female student.
"My luminous goddess!" he wrote to the girl, who was then in the same class as his daughter. "I yearn for your lips and arms … Our love remains: beautiful, sacred, impassioned, meaningful and TRUE!"
Mr Graham, who entered into a physical relationship with the student, was sacked from the school in 2001 but re-employed in 2003, before being sacked again in 2006.
Now Mr Graham, who founded the Steiner school in the early 1980s, has been granted permission by the school's board to act as a consultant to the teachers.
"Roger has started to appear around the school again," said Deb Wood, who removed her daughter from the school last year. "There has been a push to get him back into the school, because they regard him as a guru."
The headmaster, Phillip Ewers, confirmed Mr Graham has been granted permission to "help in the school's garden, so long as there are no kids around. He has also given a series of talks to the College of Teachers which was sanctioned by the board."
The 140-student Steiner school received $804,867 in State and Federal funding last year.
Parents, former students and former staff allege a culture of secrecy, denial and cover-up at the school.
Some teachers have been the subject of repeated complaints of violent and abusive behaviour, including the hitting, shaking and throwing of students as young as eight.
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