Hampton principal issues public apology

Heather Murray, the principal of Hampton School, who is facing intense criticism for being present at the St. Elizabeth Parish Court during the bail hearing of Reverend Rupert Clarke, who was charged for having sex with a 15-year-old girl a week ago, issued a public apology Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement, Mrs Murray reiterated that she attended the in camera arraignment of Reverend Clarke at the request of his wife, Yvonne Clarke, who is a close friend.
The Hampton principal said she failed to realise that her presence in the precincts of the court could be misconstrued as taking the side of the pastor rather than the victim.
Mrs. Murray admitted that she failed to take into account that it could expose her job or Hampton to controversy.
She said at the start of the new school term, she apologised to the students and did the same to the Hampton Board.
Mrs. Murray has accepted that her actions outside the courthouse which impeded the work of media practitioners were imprudent and inappropriate.
The Hampton principal and the school Board were scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon with Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid.
Senator Reid has promised a statement following the discussions.

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