An Old Boy commented recently on Kearney:
|I went to st joes from 1984 to 1991. My experience of mr Kearney was not a good one. He punched me in the face once in chemistry as a third year. My dad went to the school and he apologised.|
This is not a historic crime that can be conveniently lost in the mists of time. It’s relatively recent and it was clearly serious.
Yet today’s regime at St J’s still have a Chemistry prize in this scum’s memory
Any teacher who punches a thirteen year old boy in the face is scum.
By the 1980s it would also be a criminal offence.
Kearney had obviously not evolved as a human being from the 1960s when he was equally vile.
Or does this somehow come under the heading of necessary tough discipline? That’s what one female apologist and admirer of Kearney claimed when she wrote into this site about a year ago.
A trawl through my site will show other examples of Kearney’s physically abusive behaviour, to which I will add my own experiences at some stage. I’m still researching Kearney and his past.
Today’s St Joseph’s College knows that the College’s past teachers were physically and sexually abusive and they have remained silent on the subject. It’s impossible not to know – the evidence is overwhelming and is added to every day.
But here it would seem it’s absolutely okay because of Kearney’s scholastic achievements.
So why not have a Brother James Memorial Mathematics prize. Because he was a truly brilliant maths teacher – I was terrible at maths until James taught me. His teaching made a huge difference to my life.
Or a Brother Solomon Memorial Music prize.
I owe my deep passion and love of classical music directly to him. And I’m sure many other pupils feel the same way.
Or a Brother Kevin Memorial Latin prize.
I was hopeless at Spanish, but Brother Kevin taught me Latin and I quickly excelled at it.
But of course all these three teachers are also now proven physical and sexual abusers. There are so many devastating testimonies against them, it’s no longer a matter for debate.
So why the exception with Kearney? Is it because he’s only known for his physical abuse, so that’s sort of okay?
St Joseph’s : Do we have to wait for something really shocking that Kearney did before you change the name of your prize?
Punching a boy in the face isn’t shocking enough for you?
How bad does it have to be? I’m curious.
Or is it that the ‘greater good’ is Kearney’s teaching which trumps any crimes he committed.
In this respect, your regime is definitely following in the La Sallian Tradition, a tradition you’re clearly proud of.
You might want to reflect on all this the next time you give out your Kearney Memorial Prize.
And so might the recipient of the Prize. It’s not a Prize that is worth accepting when it’s associated with a proven abuser.
Shame on you.