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'Skirt in viral photo was perfect'- ESHS Principal

-Vanessa K. Garraway further clears air on Facebook scandal over uniform infractions
While the ESHS Principal Vanessa K. Garraway has since denied claims that the school sent students home, commenting directly on the image that sparked the uproar, she said that the skirt in the photo, appeared to not have any uniform violations. Photo: Facebook
Principal Vanessa K. Garraway said the school also has recorded cases where students were caught red-handed switching their uniform skirts and revealed that in some cases, parents admitted that due to financial constraints, they cannot afford to fix uniform infractions. Photo: VINO/File
Principal Vanessa K. Garraway said the school also has recorded cases where students were caught red-handed switching their uniform skirts and revealed that in some cases, parents admitted that due to financial constraints, they cannot afford to fix uniform infractions. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, Ms Vanessa K. Garraway have moved to further clear the air over social media allegations that the institution sent home over some 70 girls for uniform violations.

While the Principal has already denied claims, commenting directly on the image that sparked the online uproar, Ms Garraway said that the skirt in the photo appeared to not have any uniform violations. 

"I couldn't recognize who we were talking about, who's photo that was, I can't even say that that was a child that was a part of the infraction list," Principal Garraway told Angelle A. Cameron on the Tuesday, September 17, 2019, edition of the 'My BVI Radio Show'. 

However, the student's relative, Esther N. Fraser who made the post and subsequently spoke to Virgin Islands News Online indicated, that was not the case. 

"The student [name withheld] is a senior who wore the same skirt last week and was not told at any point that it was inappropriate. Yesterday [Monday, September 16, 2019], a teacher told her she had to go home because the back was too short," she told VINO.

The relative also raised fears of victimization should the identity of the student in the viral photo be made public. 

Rogue teachers sending students home? 

With Principal Garraway denying that students were sent home and the relative maintaining her story, are rogue teachers at the ESHS making above board disciplinary actions against students?

According to the Principal, "Some of the girls knew that they had an infraction, they actually sat there, they ripped out their hems and some of them even when they ripped out their hems, [it] still wasn't long enough," however, she said nobody was sent home. 

Further, the Principal said the school has also recorded cases where students were caught red-handed changing uniform after arriving at school. She revealed also that in some cases, parents admitted that due to financial constraints, they could not afford to fix uniform infractions when sanctioned.  

Ms Garraway said in those cases, formal communication can be made so that the school will be aware of the situation. "Send us a letter, let us know what's going on, and then we can issue a pass for the young lady," she said.

Even without formal communication, the Principal noted that once conversation is made with the school, students will still be able to participate in class and will be allowed to clear security at the gate.

13 Responses to “'Skirt in viral photo was perfect'- ESHS Principal”

  • Who then? (21/09/2019, 09:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    So who sent the students home? Who exactly sent them home? Because my niece was one.
    • Guess (21/09/2019, 12:59) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
      the principal is either lying or covering for someone. like what - she never expect people to speak out? and what about the class schedules she prepared with non existent teachers names. what is going on with this woman?
  • ... (21/09/2019, 09:50) Like (2) Dislike (44) Reply
    This focus on uniform on a whole is misguided. Show some respect to the students, & the parents who already bought their uniforms. there are schools with no uniform and little problems.

    If you have lots of problems up there don't blame the uniform, blame the teachers, seriously take a look at the teachers.

    How are the students perceiving this treatment from their teachers, does it lead to better respect or more disrespect for education?
  • asking for a friend (21/09/2019, 10:05) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    something don't add up. Is Mrs Garraway leaning to spin and tell untruths?
  • mikkkk (21/09/2019, 10:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Then, where is the problem???
  • Somebody lying (21/09/2019, 10:39) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    At the ESHS gate some students are not even allowed to enter...
  • mentally ill (21/09/2019, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Truth will eventually come out
  • 2 tings (21/09/2019, 19:10) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    1. Many students leave their trusting parents perfectly attired then change or roll up their skirts at ESHS.
    2. Vanessa Garraway is an honest woman.
  • Really (21/09/2019, 20:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    you guys going sit there and question Garraway's honesty? Damn you got some nerves. For years she has been dealing with scheduling so if there is a mishap WTF ? Like organizing schedules for both campuses and arranging g for seniors to do classes on the big campus is so f...... easy. For trying to enforce rules you haters trying to beat up on her , maybe it have its glitches but what don't? Mrs. Garraway. just hold your head up and strive cause God did not bring you this far to leave you.
    • Angel (22/09/2019, 00:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dont use God in the same comments with all those swear words please
  • Stan Geotz. (22/09/2019, 04:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    From the time they stop wearing mininskirtz the uniforme melee has gotten outta hand.
  • TBS (22/09/2019, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is true that students configure their skirts, once in school, so they could be short. Students have had to be asked to fix them back to the original length. My questions are - Mothers, did these girls really come to school to learn? Whose sons are they distracting? Don't you think that too many of our boys/young men are becoming fathers too young? Don't you think that our young girls are becoming mothers too young? I suggest that as parents we adopt the attitude "out of sight, out of mind"!
  • parent (22/09/2019, 13:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is going on at the ESHS I went to take lunch to my child and was told that I can not come on the school ground I have to stay out side the gate and have my child meet me there are our children prisoners or what.

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