Friday, March 26 at 15:45, on the 13th floor, in “bu” 19…. the case could end!

But probably not. Apparently, the judge has asked the 2 sides to make some kind of out-of-court settlement before he hands down a decision. This is the second time the judge has made such a recommendation. The first time, the school opted not to settle and submit evidence instead [don’t know why they didn’t just submit evidence pro-actively to begin with 1 year into the court case. Perhaps they were waiting for the teacher’s visa to expire?–Then they wouldn’t have to do any work. But strangely enough, she still seems to haunt them in Japan!]. The evidence consisted of 27 character references for the Assistant Vice Principal, which did not mention the teacher at all. And negative letters by people who had all written positive things 3 years before.

The teacher looks forward to:
1. Hearing out just, out-of-court negotiation ideas from the school (won’t happen)
2. Appealing this case to the next level (either by the school or by the teacher), which could take another year or two. But the good thing about that would be the essence of the case would be further distilled…
The next level is High Court, which has 3 judges, who attend court sessions together. This is also open to the public.

The teacher is happy to be going through the process. Every level it goes, the more interesting it gets. And, she figures, the fresher the memory of the necessity to treat people fairly will stay within the school. This is a classic case. Professor Rory O’Day from the University of Waterloo, Canada wrote almost exactlyabout this case in 1974. I recommend his following article to all international school teachers and all students who want change in an organization (here is an excerpt):

“In the discussion that follows, I will be concerned primarily with the reformer who emerges from the lower hierarchy in an organization and challenges the middle hierarchy. A reformer threatens middle management in three distinctly different ways.

The first threat is a function of the validity of [her] accusations about the inadequacy of specific actions of middle-level members and [her] suggestions for correcting them. If the reformer is correct, those in the middle will fear that those at the top will punish them when they discover the truth. [The teacher in this case had:
1. pointed out that middle management should provide basic support for new teachers in the form of a guidebook
2. middle management recruited another middle manager and resorted to putting her in closed meetings with them to, as she feels, bully her goon-style, when she had pointed out #1. And then, since the teacher pointed THAT out, it snowballed from there until the point of her expulsion].

The second threat comes from the moral challenge presented by such a reformer, for [her] demand for action will reveal the strength or weakness of middle management’ commitment to the organization.

And thirdly, the reformer’s challenge may indicate to the people at the top that middle management is unable to maintain order in its own jurisdiction. To protect their interests, middle-level bureaucrats therefore feel their only defense against reform-minded subordinates is intimidation.”

O’Day, Rory. (1974). Intimidation Rituals: Reactions to Reform.

    Journal of Applied Behavioural Science.

pp. 373-386.

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  1. concerned alumnus

    Somehow, it does not surprise me that the school is so stubborn. Knowing the school, they will appeal the case to the national Supreme Court of Japan and possibly (I am being sarcastic) to the Intenational Court (I think that its in Geneva, Switzerland). They can even appeal this case to Almighty God, Himself, but they will still probably not be satisfied with the outcome of the case. I personally think that my alma mater has already lost the case.

    What a messed up school I went to!!!! This type of nonsense can only happen at St. Mary’s: sexual advances/abuse, bullying, etc.

    I do remember a case of a Brother who would take pictures of little children in their swim suits and show them to high school students; he would then say, “Aren’t they cute??” He even showed the pictures to me. Parents complained. The brother was removed at the strong suggestion of the high school principal (Harold Fleetham) to his superiors. Then Mr. Fleetham was forced to resign as St. Mary’s High School Principal because of bullying by a certain lay administrator. It seems that whenever someone does something right at St. Mary’s, they get punished.

    I got punished for wanting to become Catholic because I was seeking comfort from God because I was very sad that the peers were bullying me.

    This school needs to be revived in the same manner that the Franciscan University of Steubenville was revived. The problem, which Brother will become Headmaster and do to St. Mary’s what Fr. Michael Scanlan did to the Franciscan University of Steubenville (in Ohio and near Pittsburgh, PA). On that note, if anyone is looking for a good university, I highly recommend the Franciscan University of Steubenville. That university has a superb reputation and offers good quality education.

    I remember that the class of ’84 had 4 who went to Stanford, 1 to Harvard, 1 to Yale, 1 to Princeton, and others to superb colleges. That was the last hurray for St. Mary’s. Now days, the school does not seem to be able to repeat that record. Now, I do not rate the school on how many alumni go to ivy league colleges. I rate them on how they live up to their original founding roots. St. Mary’s gets an F- on that issue.

    I am sorry for my alma mater. I am even more sorry for the students there. I am the most sorry for those who (like I was) are victims of the bullying that is going on.

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