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Church to decide on the fate of Naparima College teacher today
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Anabell Lalla-Ramkhelawan and the Presbyterian Secondary School Board of Education are meeting at this time to determine the fate of a Naparima College science teacher who went on a rant denouncing gays and threatening to shoot the family of a student if she had a gun.
The meeting is taking place at the Church’s Paradise Pasture office, San Fernando, which is on the same compound of the College now under scrutiny.
The teacher is expected to appear before the Church’s hierarchy to explain her statements, which were taped by a student and posted on social media. School Principal Dr Michael Dowlat is also attending the meeting.
Rev Lalla-Ramkhelawan said following the meeting a statement will be issued to the media. She said there will be no interviews on the outcome of the meeting.
The parents of the Upper Six student she threatened to shoot, are calling for her removal.
The parents said they feel threatened, hurt and distressed with the teacher labelling their son as a homosexual and them as atheists because he made a statement in conflict with her belief on homosexuality.
“My son is not gay. He was only defending a group of people who are being discriminated against,” the mother said.
Her husband who also belongs to the Presbyterian faith, said, ‘we are not atheists. We believe in God. I pray everyday for my children and my wife for us to move forward.
He said he fears that character assassination could severely impact the future of their child who is working hard to achieve a national scholarship.
“She might be a good teacher but at this moment she has not demonstrated that. She is not God she cannot pass judgement like that on us.”
He said anyone who knows them will know they are good parents who have made endless sacrifices to ensure their sons are all excelling.