Pamapuria School

August 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A Northland deputy principal who has admitted sexually abusing pupils was flagged as a potential predator in 1999 as a student teacher but signed off as suitable anyway.

Despite a further warning in 2009 – that time by police – he was allowed to continue as a teacher for 11 years until his arrest last month.

Concerns about were first lodged with the Teachers’ Council when he was a provisional teacher, having newly started in the profession.

Parker pleaded guilty in Kaitaia District Court this week to 49 charges of indecent assault, performing an indecent act and of unlawful sexual connection.

The attacks, on boys aged under 16, occurred over nearly eight years at .

A decade later police received a complaint from a child via a parent and investigated Parker.

They could not gather enough evidence at the time to prosecute Parker and instead wrote to the school to alert the board of trustees about concerns.

However, the board did not act on the letter, did not advise the Education Review Office and did not advise the Teachers’ Council.

What a sad preventable case.

I understand that Parker was the staff rep on the Board of Trustees, which may have discouraged their discussing the issue, and that most of the current Board were not there at the time of the Police letter. The principal has to take the bulk of the blame for not acting on it, and making sure the new Board members were aware of the issue.

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24 Responses to “Pamapuria School”

  1. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    If only the repressive church had allowed him to marry. Oh, wait…

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  2. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    And will we see the firestorm directed at the Catholic Church now get directed at the Min of Education, the Board, etc with this situation? I predict no.

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  3. Nookin (3,462 comments) says:

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. What a precious society we live in.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7538726/School-to-pay-10-000-for-hurt

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  4. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    I’m not excusing the small proportion of priests that committed crimes or the church officials where the genuinely covered things up. I’m just trying to get some perspective on the invective aimed at the church.

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  5. tvb (4,502 comments) says:

    The principal should be stood down. I hope the parents sue the Board and the trustees and the Principal for the negligence. I weep at the utter failures here when the warning signs were there. Pedophiles like being teachers because of the contact with children. It is high time this is realised and safety plans developed. For instance the education department could develop a specialist adviser to help boards with these issues. The tragedy is the damage done to the children.

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  6. nasska (11,797 comments) says:

    East Wellington Superhero

    Two points that stand out & differentiate between the Vatican & Pamapuria School:

    1) The school didn’t set itself up to fall from grace by pontificating about morals, sky pixies or dictating sexual behaviour.

    2) It indulged in incredible competence in not acting on Police advice but at no stage did the BoT deny, obfuscate nor counsel Parker before sending him on to reoffend at another school.

    But feel free to spin the Catholic church into whatever position you see fit.

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  7. nasska (11,797 comments) says:

    Re 9.33am

    Too late for edit….”competence” should read “incompetence”.

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  8. Weihana (4,585 comments) says:

    Nookin,

    Fehling’s van was parked by the school swimming pool on land leased by the school to one of its employees and Fehling’s friend, senior teacher Jim Costello.

    Fehling had permission to keep his van on the land.

    “The unsavoury connotation that users of the pool, particularly young children using the showers and toilets, were unsafe because of his presence has been particularly humiliating and injurious to Mr Fehling’s feelings and there has been a loss of dignity.”

    Seems to me people are hysterical about strangers attacking their children which is fairly uncommon. In Parker’s case parents let their children stay at his house. In one case people get hysterical because a strange guy lives in a van whereas in the other case people have no problem with an unrelated adult who wants their kids to stay at his house. People seem to be confused about where the threat is likely to come from.

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  9. Pete George (23,683 comments) says:

    tvb: I weep at the utter failures here when the warning signs were there.

    Yep, me too. Even the most basic of safeguards seemed to have been ignored.

    Is it ever appropriate for any teacher to have pupuls for ‘sleepovers”? If some schools thought it was ok they shouldn’t now. Any teacher with any sense at all should not do it, not matter what the circumstance (unless it is normal family associations such as friends of their children).

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  10. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Boy – there are some total idiots in this world – and when I started reading the comments I thought I was reading the scriblings of someone suffering severe depression at minimum but more probably the issues of a completely scrambled brain.

    East Wellington Superhero – I suggest you go see someone who can provide you with the appropriate medication to suppress your mutterings.

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  11. backster (2,184 comments) says:

    WEIHANA;……..Parker was a trusted member of the community, and seemed worthy of that trust.
    Fehling……..was a German native living in a camoflagued caravan beside the changing shed of a primary school swimming pool. A strange intellectual in a small town community with whom he had little communication.
    Which one would you warn your kids to keep away from.
    I hope I haven’t hurt his feelings………………The sooner we get rid of that badly named Human Rights Commission the better our community will be.

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,419 comments) says:

    Quite so Backster; having had dealings with the HRC a few years ago where the offer of a few bucks would have magically cured the complainant’s “hurt feelings”, I could not agree more. In our instance however the mediator soon realised that the complaint against our business had no basis in fact whatsoever, and no offer of compensation was ever made or required. But there are plenty of people out there who will try it on.

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  13. tvb (4,502 comments) says:

    The education department and the union need to face facts that pedophiles ARE attracted to teaching because of the contact with children. Safety plans need to be developed and support given to schools.

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  14. Chuck Bird (4,924 comments) says:

    There is not way a male teacher would ever be allowed to have 11 to 13 year old girls to stay overnight. I find it hard to understand how a male teacher could have gotten away with having the same age boys sleep over for so long. I find it hard to believe that in such a small town that many would not know Parker was a homosexual. I bet with all the PC rubbish going on many people would be scared to say anything for fear of the accusation of homophobia.

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  15. tvb (4,502 comments) says:

    Bing a possible homosexual has NOTHING to do with being a pedarist. It is his sexual interest in children that is the issue.

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  16. Chuck Bird (4,924 comments) says:

    A homosexual may or may not be a pedarist. A heterosexual by defination cannot be a pedarist.

    [DPF: A man may or may not be a rapist. A woman by definition cannot be a rapist.]

    Also I think you mean pedarast]

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  17. Weihana (4,585 comments) says:

    backster (1,562) Says:
    August 24th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    WEIHANA;……..Parker was a trusted member of the community, and seemed worthy of that trust.
    Fehling……..was a German native living in a camoflagued caravan beside the changing shed of a primary school swimming pool. A strange intellectual in a small town community with whom he had little communication.
    Which one would you warn your kids to keep away from.
    I hope I haven’t hurt his feelings………………The sooner we get rid of that badly named Human Rights Commission the better our community will be.

    I would warn against all strangers. But the Parker case demonstrates the point: children are more at risk from trusted adults than weird strangers. Just because someone is strange does not imply that they are a predator. And just because an adult is trusted does not mean it is okay to have your child sleep over at his house without a normal reason.

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  18. duggledog (1,587 comments) says:

    tvb you clearly don’t have kids attending primary school. The safety plans are all there. Schools are given support. So one perv slipped through the net (albeit a net with holes you could drive a school bus through) – let’s not go crazy or we won’t have any guys teaching ever again.

    The principal, board and community are partially responsible here because their eyes were obviously completely closed. I suspect because Parker ‘identified as Maori’ then it was all good in the hood.

    One look at the guy and you can see he’s got no tangata whenua in him

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  19. Chuck Bird (4,924 comments) says:

    “[DPF: A man may or may not be a rapist. A woman by definition cannot be a rapist.]”

    David, I am not sure of your point aside from my spelling. Your are very intelligent and very logical except on this matter.

    I am simply making the claim backed up a lot of evidence that homosexuals sexually abuse adolescents at greater rate than heterosexuals. I just found the site

    http://www.childmatters.org.nz/58/learn-about-child-abuse/myths-and-realities

    today.

    They state that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18. I think it would have been more relevant to have stuck to 16. However, that indicates a 2 to 1 ratio. I think it fair to assume that the majority of perpetrators in both cases would be male. The ratio would still be roughly the same. I do not accept Kinsey’s 10% figure of homosexuals in the population. I could quote Peter Davis in his book “Intimate Details & Vital Statistics – AIDS, Sexuality and the Social Order in New Zealand” where he puts the figure at 2.3% for men in New Zealand.

    With figures I have provided it not possible to calculate the ratio on homosexual abusers to heterosexual abusers because they likely have a different number of victims. In fact in seems clear that on average homosexual abuser have a lot more victims for a number of reasons. The main one is that they are not as likely to be reported.

    What is clear is that if homosexual abusers offended at the same rate as heterosexual abuser there would be a lot fewer boy victims. What I find strange with libertarians is that they have no problem understanding words like disproportionate when it comes to Maori offending and child abuse statistics but insist on using absolute numbers when it comes to statistics that reflect badly on homosexuals.

    Anyhow I hope the National members on the Select Committee will seriously consider my submission that this and the bill on euthanasia if drawn should go to binding referenda. I am pleased that John Key is not entirely opposed to the idea from what he said on Leighton Smith.

    This would not only improve democracy but improve respect for the law and Parliament. A lot of respect was lost the way the anti-smacking legislation ignored the majority. If such referenda were held at the same time as an election it would increase voter participation.

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  20. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    Chuck continues the good fight against the evil feminazis and their misandrist gynocracy.

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  21. takutaimoana4sure (4 comments) says:

    No this is not acceptable in regards to the Police and Child Youth and Family and Education Department. These young ones are youth or young persons whom are family members. A family group meeting should have been called with all families affected by the incidents reported (not only alleged) in this case all students in his group outings or out of school activities (James Parker had care of them as a teacher even out of school) With this meeting all concerned with this serious matter as able to present and participate as family and whanau support or departmental staff in some official capacity such staff from school, staff from CYF, staff from Police, staff from educational board, staff from victim support, religous support etc.
    Of course Jamie Parker with his support.
    This way, all would have come out and if it was wrong it could have all been mended.
    The saddest part other than this happening to the young ones. Is this – the young ones had every right to have this “family group meeting or whanau group meeting legally under the Children and Young Persons Act. With the auspices of this act the departmental staff would have not been able to use the excuses they use today of why they did use every means in their power or capabilities as adults in protecting the young ones of the infliction of harm (physical, mental,and spiritual) that lingered upon.
    There needs to be a full investigation of all persons involved or of interest to this critical matter.
    It MUST NOT also be of “what if or what we couldnt” it MUST be focused “we did not” so it DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. FULLSTOP.
    To close this, to the young ones who may be adults now. I may know you or you may know me, if our paths had met in way, I am sorry that I did not pick up with what was happening to yous. Please feel free and welcome with your family if you need help in anyway we will help. God Bless

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  22. takutaimoana4sure (4 comments) says:

    No this is not acceptable in regards to the police and Child Youth and Family. These young ones are youth or young persons whom are family members. A family group meeting should have been called with all families affected by the incidents reported (not only alleged) in this case all students in his group outings or out of school activities (James Parker had care of them as a teacher even out of school) With this meeting all concerned with this serious matter as able to present and participate as family and whanau support or departmental staff in some official capacity such staff from school, staff from CYF, staff from Police, staff from educational board, staff from victim support, religous support etc.
    Of course Jamie Parker with his support.
    This way, all would have come out and if it was wrong it could have all been mended.
    The saddest part other than this happening to the young ones. Is this – the young ones had every right to have this “family group meeting or whanau group meeting legally under the Children and Young Persons Act. With the auspices of this act the departmental staff would have not been able to use the excuses they use today of why they did use every means in their power or capabilities as adults in protecting the young ones of the infliction of harm (physical, mental,and spiritual) that lingered upon.
    There needs to be a full investigation of all persons involved or of interest to this critical matter.
    It MUST NOT also be of “what if or what we couldnt” it MUST be focused “we did not” so it DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. FULLSTOP.
    To close this, to the young ones who may be adults now. I may know you or you may know me, if our paths had met in way, I am sorry that I did not pick up with what was happening to yous. Please feel free and welcome with your family if you need help in anyway we will help. God

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  23. takutaimoana4sure (4 comments) says:

    No !!! this is not acceptable in regards to the Police and The Department of Child Youth and Family. These young ones are children , youth or young persons whom are family members. A family group meeting should have been called with all families affected by the incidents reported (not only alleged) in this case all students in his group outings or out of school activities (James Parker had care of them as a teacher even out of school)
    With this meeting and at this meeting – all concerned with this serious matter would be able to present and participate as family and whanau support or departmental staff in some official capacity such as staff from school, staff from CYF, staff from Police, staff from educational board, staff from victim support, religous support etc.
    Of course Jamie Parker would be there with his support to either confirm or deny with the presence of all
    This way, all would have come out and if it was wrong it could have all been mended. Obviously if the truth came as of today, help and protection could have been immediate for the young ones
    The saddest part other than this happening to the young ones. Is this – the young ones had every right to have this “family group meeting or whanau group meeting legally under the Children and Young Persons Act. With the auspices of this act the departmental staff would have not been able to use the excuses they use today of why they did use every means in their power or capabilities as adults in protecting the young ones of the infliction of harm (physical, mental,and spiritual) that lingered upon.
    There needs to be a full investigation of all persons involved or of interest to this critical matter.
    It MUST NOT also be of “what if or what we couldnt” it MUST be focused “we did not” so it DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. FULLSTOP.
    To close this, to the young ones who may be adults now. I may know you or you may know me, if our paths had met in way, I am sorry that I did not pick up with what was happening to yous. Please feel free and welcome with your family if you need help in anyway we will help. God Bless

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  24. janine@childmatters.org.nz (1 comment) says:

    Child Matters has launched a new recruitment tool to help keep kids safe…
    Most sex offenders are not known to the authorities therefore, will not be picked up with just a police check.
    ‘Safe Not Sorry’ has been developed for groups and organisations that hire staff that have contact with children. It provides assistance and ideas on steps to take to avoid hiring people who are likely to abuse.
    Every parent, grandparent and caregiver in New Zealand needs to feel every effort has been made to ensure the adults that they entrust with their children are safe.
    We encourage you to talk to the organisations you are involved with about how they ensure the people they employ are safe.
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00249/new-resource-helps-organisations-keep-child-abusers-at-bay.htm

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