(CMR) George Roper penned an apology letter to the principal of John Gray High School in relation to last week's controversial on-campus visit of dancehall artist Intense (Tashawn Gabbidon). Roper takes full responsibility for the incident and shared that he knew the school was in no position to facilitate the Intense visit but he still showed up in any event.
The June 29 letter comes days after ongoing questions about how the artist was allowed on the school compound and who was responsible for the incident.
Roper writes that he was aware of the backlash from parents about the visit and realized that the videos went viral and caused a stir in the community – leading him to decide to take responsibility for the incident and apologize. He confirms that the visit when against “school protocol and guidelines” and that he was taking full responsibility “for any damage caused” as a result of the decision.
He went on to apologize to the security team at John Gray and confirms that apparently he already has some form of security clearance at the school. He ends the letter by sharing the as a former student and supporter of youth issues he's keen to work with young people as it relates “to the effects of electronic media.”
The incident caused a broader discussion in the community about protocols at the school that allowed such a visit with many wondering if the school at actually given permission for the artist to speak to students without first receiving the requisite approval from the Ministry of Education and parents.
CMR understands that there was someone who was acting as a go-between the school and the artist in an attempting to organize a visit for the Boyz 2 Men program. However, that request was denied. Some people claimed to have video footage of school personnel assisting with the microphone etc. and instructed the students to go into the room where they were briefly spoken to by Instense.