Ms. Tran’s first case with St. Mary’s International School settled in May 2010 where the school agreed to re-issue a letter of recommendation, in exchange for this blog to shut down. They had accused Ms. Tran of running this blog, and defaming the school, none of which was provable and therefore not something a judge could actually rule on. But, we felt badly for Ms. Tran and wanted to help the case to come to an end. At the time, we agreed to stop updating at least and held true for 3 years after the settlement. Until of course, we learned that St. Mary’s admin had been falsely denigrating Ms. Tran’s teaching record to others in the Tokyo-area teaching industry behind closed doors, trying to stop Ms. Tran’s employment beyond St. Mary’s. It figures that the school would want it all ways in their favor.
So, with that breach, a second case was brought on by Ms. Tran to prevent the a-holes from thinking they could do as they pleased. We were happy to update, once again.
Throughout the first and second cases, the school had unsuccessfully tried to take up issue with this blog, combing it for reasons to counter-sue. They’ve woven their complaints in their court statements to presiding judges both times, though it has never been shown how this blog had actually strayed from statements of fact.
So, it is much thanks to the school and its legal team for pushing the blog hits up high in the early days to make it onto Google’s search for the school name! Because the blog takes an uncharitable tone with the school, we guess that the admin wants to confuse that for lying about the school or defaming it. Sometimes, the truth hurts more. Stating facts about the case and about the sequence of events, however unfavorable, is not a punishable offence. It’s called freedom of speech. We are grateful that WordPress, the host of this blog, has no intention of silencing us or unnecessarily revealing our identities 🙂