Audra Clark said she wants to share the story of how her children found themselves expelled from Royal Palm Academy and warn parents that it could happen to them.
Commentary: Imperceptively, the Clark family is experiencing a religious phenomenon. It’s called the tyranny of conformity. This occurs when an administration, employees, and surrounding community conform to the prevailing culture of corruption. Royal Palm Academy is a private institution and it calls itself Catholic. Whatever it calls itself, it’s a form of Catholicism gone haywire. The owners, principal and teachers are the responsible leaders relegated to correct it, not families. The Clark family shouldn’t feel bad, though. There are plenty of good schools that can take this family in. In the future, when it comes to finding a good Catholic/Christian education, then families should vote with their dollars, if they have money. Vote with personal volunteer effort and influence, if they don’t. Otherwise, families should vote with their feet. Send a clear message to the school, “If the Catholic school doesn’t act Catholic, the family leaves.” The family shouldn’t look back because the family is precisely better off. Rather, the family builds its Catholic/Christian faith. After all, the family knows better.