Students suspended after 'rating' female teachers

Charlie - posted on 04/12/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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More than 50 students from a Brisbane Catholic boys' college have been suspended after rating their female teachers according to appearance on a social networking site.

The 52 high school students in years 9 to 12 at Villanova College in Coorparoo will also have to attend one-on-one meetings with the female teachers before being allowed to return to class.

Villanova College principal Dennis Harvey confirmed certain female teachers had been targeted and rated according to their physical attributes.
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"The page invited viewers to rate female members of the college staff, according to criteria that were offensive and of a personal nature," he said in a statement.

"This type of behaviour is unacceptable, and has no place at Villanova."

The boy responsible for creating the site was identified first and suspended last Wednesday, before other participants were punished.

Mr Harvey said the school acted "swiftly" on the matter and encouraged students to realise the full consequences of their behaviour.

"Students are supported to verbalise their wrong-doing, and take ownership for their behaviour, and its real consequences for others," he said.

He declined to comment further on the incident.

Villanova College is an independent Catholic school for boys from years 5 to 12 conducted by the Order of St Augustine.

It is not known which social networking site the page appeared on, although the school has reportedly removed all inappropriate material from the site.

Catholic Education refused to comment on the incident, saying the views of Mr Harvey reflected those of the organisation.
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Opinions ?

Do you think the punishment was just ?

Should we expect men or boys to stop judging women based on looks or is it just human nature ?

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Brandi - posted on 04/13/2011

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I agree, I think this has been blown out of proportion. Boys will be boys. Boys like girls. (well most do)..

Boys are always going to "rate" women, and like someone else said, they prob only did it to the teachers because they don't have girls at their school. We may not want to be judged on our looks, but let's face it, no matter what, we all are.

Toni - posted on 04/13/2011

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I agree with you Emma. I don't think it would have made as much noise if it was girls unfortunately.

Stifler's - posted on 04/13/2011

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No I mean would the public be so outraged? I doubt it. They'd be like haaa silly schoolgirls having a bit of fun. But people get their knickers in a knot when it's boys doing this sort of thing.

April - posted on 04/13/2011

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That's disturbing but i do think it goes both ways, whether your a girl or boy, people judge others on looks, it's human nature. So if your saying, if it was a catholic girls school and they rated male teachers would they have the same punishment, i'd probably say yes, normal public school? I'm not so sure. It's a catholic school. The boys embarrassed the school, what they did was unchristian like thats why they were suspended, it's not just about them rating the teachers..but thats just my opinion.

Stifler's - posted on 04/13/2011

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I wonder if it would be as outrageous if it was the Catholic girls school making a site to rate male teachers though?

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I think we're missing the issue here by focusing on the idea that the boys were simply judging a woman's looks. The real issue is that they were being incredibly disrespectful to their teachers by discussing them publically this way. In addition, the school for all intents and purposes is a religious school and they have to give the appearance of teaching a higher set of values. It's BAD MANNERS pure and simple to do what the boys did. I think had it not been on a public website, the punishment would have been less. Unfortunately, they aired their rudeness to the world so they got a stiffer penalty. Now maybe they'll have learned that there are certain things you just don't do in public.

Toni - posted on 04/13/2011

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I think it is something that has been totally blown out of proportion.

Women do the same thing to men and not only that but to other women.

We can't keep expecting men to reach standards we set when we fall far short of the bar ourselves at times.

I'm not saying its right, just that its an over-reaction.

Louise - posted on 04/13/2011

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This is just silly, lets face it ladies every single man in the world judges a woman by what she wears or looks like in his head. Men grow up and keep there thoughts to themselves but to suspend teenage boys for doing this is silly. I don't like the fact that men do it but they do it is human nature. I think detention would of been enough for bringing the schools name down to the gutter but to suspend seems a little harsh!

Stifler's - posted on 04/13/2011

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Women often judge men on their looks and yell crude things out the windows of their car and for some reason people think that is okay but men are disgusting pigs when they do it.

April - posted on 04/12/2011

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Well, it's good they stopped the boys. It's a silly, immature thing to do and the fact it's a school for boys i'd say the only reason they used teachers was because there wasn't any other females present. You can't stop boys from judging woman based on looks, their teenagers, their hormones are running wild and it is human nature (even we as woman do the same subconsciously) but you can stop them from being so bold as to put up a site solely to judge their teachers on. You can take down the site and reprimand them for it but they still have their opinions about each teacher they "rated" and thats one thing the school won't be able to change.

Miranda - posted on 04/12/2011

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That is crazy. Im glad they all got into trouble. I dont think anyone should judge anyone on there looks. I dont think it will change the ways they view people. That poor teacher.

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