Melbourne students protest teacher's sacking over haircut

Published: 13 March 2018 Image credit: Twitter


Students at Melbourne’s Trinity Grammar School have staged a protest over the dismissal of deputy headmaster Rohan Brown, who gave a student a haircut because his hair length didn’t meet school standards.

Mr Brown had been employed at the private school in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne since 1987 and was given the sack last week after a parent made a complaint because the teacher had cut his son’s hair for a school photo.

According to students, it’s not unusual for Mr Brown to cut a student’s hair with their permission.  Students say the school’s decision to let one of the most well-liked and respected teachers go has caused anger and confusion, and they’re demanding answers.

Mr Brown was sacked on Thursday, but students are not letting the matter go – during recess today, hundreds of students gathered on the school oval, unveiling a banner which read ‘Bring Back Brownie,’ and pinned it to a fence.

Some students swapped their crested blazers for casual clothes and arm bands to honour Mr Brown, and an online petition calling for the school to “Bring Brownie Back” has been signed more than 5,655 times.

The school’s Parents Association Committee sent a letter to the school expressing the distress that the decision to dismiss Mr Brown has caused the students, and hundreds attended a school council meeting to discuss the issue.

Lending their support to the matter, 50 former Trinity Grammar school captains and vice-captains from the past 17 years signed an open letter protesting against Mr Brown’s dismissal.

The school has since announced the decision to remove Mr Brown will be reviewed, and it will consult with students, staff and other stakeholders over the matter.