“In parts, conclusions have been reached as a consequence of evidence being accepted [by the review board]at face value – evidence that remains unseen by me, and to which I have had no right of reply,” Thompson said.
“Notwithstanding that, I do concede that with the benefit of evidence that has come to light in 2021, some of the decisions that I made in relation to Mr Mackenzie in 2017 were wrong [particularly with regard to Mrs McNutt’s complaints], and for that, I express the deepest regret possible.
“Throughout my career, I have always acted with integrity and in the very best faith and the interests of my students. In this case, I [like many others]was misled and deceived by Mackenzie and was over-generous in my reading of human nature. For that, I apologise,” Thompson said.
The Review Board Report presents numerous actions and areas for improvement to ensure that any incidents of predatory behaviour, bullying, substance abuse and other forms of misconduct are rooted out.
The board was headed by retired judge Dayalin Chetty, assisted by two educationalists – Peter Reed, a retired former Headmaster of Graeme College and Sue Redelinghuys, the former Principal of St Cyprian’s School.