What is St. Stanislaus in Bandra Up To?

The reputation of St. Stanislaus in Bandra has been going downhill lately. Just a while back it made new when the boys were caught consuming alcohol at a school camp. And now, it’s in the news again for 2 reasons – molestation and illegality. Here’s the scoop

I’ve heard so many parents rant about the principal Father Jude Fernandes’ insensitivity towards them and the kids too. Even the teachers hardly speak up because of his attitude. And even though I hate to speak against a ‘holy’ man, his deeds just don’t match up to what is expected of him. He’s just the kind that won’t listen to anyone… even if he’s wrong. Now it seems like everyone has started picking reasons to degrade the friar.

Here’s what happened this time

In a letter addressed to the Bandra police, angry parents complain of sexual improprieties committed on their young girls by male swimming teacher.

The ‘sexual mischief’ committed by a swimming instructor while training minor girls has plunged the pool at St Stanislaus High School in a sea of trouble, with parents dispatching an angry letter of complaint to the Bandra police, with the support of the Bandra Welfare Committee Association.

The letter also complains about the lack of a basic sanitation system for the pool and the filthy condition of the water. It also alleges that the school, which is using the pool commercially to reap profits, has not bothered to obtain the necessary licence from the BMC. The swimming lessons were offered not only to school students, but also to outsiders, who could avail of lessons as guests, by paying a sum of Rs. 300.

The complaint states that the sexual improprieties had even been brought to the notice of Father Jude Fernandes, but that no action was taken by him to address the issue. This is exactly what I’m talking about –> He Doesn’t Listen.

Cop Speak 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Pratap Dighavkar said, “We get many letters every day, but I can’t remember having received any letter about a swimming pool in St Stanislaus School. So I cannot comment on the matter.”

And look at this – How can an Asst Municipal Commissioner not know his jurisdiction?? Ridiculous.

Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Bandra H-west Ward Sunil Dhamne said, “I have only recently assumed this post, and will have to find out if St Stanislaus School comes under my jurisdiction. From the legal point of view, every swimming pool needs a BMC licence.”

School Says 

Father Jude Fernandes, principal of St Stanislaus School, claimed that the swimming lessons for female students had been cancelled following the incident. He said, “It is true that a parent complained about such improprieties a while back. We immediately terminated the appointment of the instructor. We also stopped offering swimming lessons for girls.  Asked if they had made any plans to address the matter, he added, “If the classes are ever resumed, we will appoint a female instructor.”

“We returned the fees paid for the lessons by the aggrieved parents. The little girl’s mother used to send a maid to chaperone the girl, but claims that when the attendant wasn’t looking, the swimming instructor touched her daughter mischievously. I don’t know how much truth there is in their claims, but we have sorted the matter out.”

Ok first he agrees that he was aware of the issue… then in his next breath he says he doesn’t know how much truth there is in the claims. BUT, it is sorted out.

So he agrees to what really now?

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