A DEPUTY principal who was sacked from Melbourne’s Trinity Grammar School for giving a student a haircut will have his case investigated by movie star Rebel Wilson’s barrister and a former federal court judge.
Rohan Brown, former head of the senior school, was sacked from the school on March 8 after a video surfaced of him cutting a teenager’s hair to meet requirements for official school photos.
School council chair Robert Utter today revealed there would be an “independent review” into Mr Brown’s sacking to start immediately.
The Kew private school announced the appointments of barrister Renee Enbom — who represented actor Rebel Wilson in her recent defamation case — and queens counsel Ray Finkelstein to lead the review.
It comes after Mr Brown’s sacking earlier this month sparked outage and demands for his reinstatement within the school community.“The handling of a disciplinary issue by Mr Brown earlier this term was in contravention of school policy and was also inconsistent with community expectations in this day and age,” chairman of the school council Roderick Lyle wrote to parents and the wider school community on March 9.
A lunchtime protest was held at the school the day after his sacking with students reportedly chanting: “Brownie, Brownie, return Brownie”.Students and their families angered by the decision to sack Mr Brown, who had been at the school for about three decades, attended a meeting that night to defend him.“This is not what we wanted,” the student in question’s aunt said according to the Herald Sun.
The aunt said the family had not complained and tried to force out Mr Brown, and her nephew had been bullied since the incident and wanted to leave the school. The Culturally Concerned TGS community Facebook page held another town hall meeting on March 13 to bring supporters of Mr Brown together in a bid to have him reinstated.“Rohan Brown must be returned to his position and we call on the school council chairman to do the noble thing and resign,” the page stated.More 2000 people have signed a change.org petition to bring back Mr Brown. Former student James Perrera told 9 News Melbourne: “He has a really big personality, he’s really important to students, to teachers, to staff and to the community.” Student Sam Carroll also told 9 News Mr Brown was the “best thing that ever happened to the school”.Mr Brown told the Herald Sun his blood still bled green and gold and he hoped to return to teaching.