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COOBER PEDY PRINCIPAL STEPS ASIDE PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS

Coober Pedy teacher upsets local ‘hillbillies’  – Adelaide Advertiser. 

THE controversial principal of Coober Pedy’s school has been stood aside pending a third investigation into her management style, which has divided residents of the remote mining community.

Several families have threatened to leave Coober Pedy if Sue Burtenshaw persists with her tough disciplinary approach at the school.

The complaints include verbal abuse of locals as “hillbillies” and “rednecks”, and handing out detentions to students less than 10 minutes late to morning roll-call.

Coober Pedy Mayor Steve Baines called for residents to cease hostilities and “reflect on what’s best for the children”. But Priscilla Larkin, a nurse with two children at the school, said the family would leave town if Ms Burtenshaw were reinstated.

Mrs Larkin, who has already sent her 13-year-old daughter to school in Whyalla, 600km away, said: “If they decide to put her back in, we’re going.”

Full story..  Adelaide Advertiser

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