[LETTERS to the editor]One bad egg
Although I regard the report in the Oct. 17 JoongAng Daily about Christopher Neil as generally quite reasonable, I want to point out that calling this man “apparently well-known among English teachers” is not really fair. He appears to have been known to a small number of teachers in or around the locations where he worked, and their opinions are fairly represented in the article. However the phrase “well-known among English teachers” gives the impression of a large foreign community across Korea who both accepted Christopher and willfully ignored his horrific dark side.
This is not true and never would be. As other people pointed out in discussion with you on Dave’s ESL Cafe (www.eslcafe.com), this man is being hunted like a dog by foreigners across Asia right now, because English teachers and other expats alike are utterly disgusted by behavior of this type and want to see this man nailed as soon as possible.
He is hurting children ― the first and foremost problem ― but he is also denigrating the reputation of English teachers in Korea that most of us work pretty hard to maintain. I hope that the JoongAng Daily will take note of this and at least offer this silver lining as a footnote to another tragic tale. In the meantime let’s catch this animal.
Chris Green, Seoul