THE comments made by Nick Ross, claiming that Catholic schools played a role and contributed to the conflict during the Troubles, are deeply offensive to each and every teacher, principal and pupil who has gone through a Catholic school.
Speaking as a former principal, I have witnessed the ethos of respect, inclusivity and tolerance that is at the centre of Catholic education in Northern Ireland.
Such a sweeping and unfounded statement, with nothing to support it, seems to me like yet another cheap and insensitive attempt by Nick Ross to grab headlines.
He has, under pressure, apologised, but the hurt and offence he has caused will take a long time to heal.
SEAN ROGERS MLA
SDLP education spokesperson