Schools Forced To Delay Naming First XV’s Due To Threat Of Legal Action From Parents

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Furious parents are threatening principals with legal injunctions if their kids are overlooked for sports teams and school musicals.

The increased threats have forced the Government, principals and Crown Law to work together to draw up legal advice for schools faced by parents hiring lawyers.

It follows several high-profile injunctions lodged against schools – including in March against Christchurch’s prestigious St Bede’s College over the dropping of two rowers.

And today the Herald on Sunday can also reveal:

• Some schools have delayed naming First XVs due to legal threats from parents upset over selections;

• Parents have sought legal advice after their kids failed to land lead roles in school musicals;

• Lawyers have been called in after children missed spots in representative debating teams;

• Schools other than St Bede’s College have received legal threats from parents upset over rowing crews.

Secondary Principals’ Association executive member Patrick Walsh was concerned the injunctions and other legal threats were edging “dangerously close” to undermining the authority of the country’s principals to manage their schools.

“We are aware of principals who contact SPANZ to say they are threatened with legal action and now they’ve got the St Bedes’ case that appears to support [a parent’s] right to seek injunctions on matters related to co-curricular activities where that hasn’t happened before.”

Walsh said a legal Pandora’s box had been opened after a judge forced St Bede’s College to reinstate two teen rowers dropped from its team ahead of the Maadi Cup in March.

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