Mr Szemalikowski said the school believes in freedom of speech …
Right, of course. Sure you do. He’s free to speak, and you’re free to contact his prospective university and ‘alert the school’s on-site policeman’ (and just consider the implications of that!).
Chilling effect? What chilling effect?
… but he was prompted to act by other students who alerted him to the blog.
Ah! An excellent body-swerve there! Someone else made you do it, right?
Kinnan Zaloom, 19, attacked the way Hampstead School was run on The Hampstead Trash website in a series of posts.
He accused the school of caring more about spending money on its own PR than investing in equipment for pupils, and compared senior staff at the school to characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Sounds like he hit a nerve, eh? It seems they can dish it out, as David Thompson points out, but they aren’t so keen on taking it..
Or maybe it’s just that a little training is a dangerous thing?
Mr Szemalikowski added: “I am not an expert in these matters but I had training in how to look for things that might need a second opinion. I didn’t think it was illegal but the undertones towards the end made me think – does this need a second opinion?”
I think you need training in just what ‘getting a second opinion’ really means. It doesn’t mean what you think it means, clearly!