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Update: Teacher Detained

My niece, Little Diamond reports that the following story has been pickd up nationally by Reuters and has gone world-wide:

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The United States is trying to help an American
teacher to leave Kuwait after the Gulf Arab state imposed a travel
ban on her, the U.S. embassy said on Saturday.

The case of Katherine Phillips has made headlines in the local press
after the teacher posted on the Internet a letter, asking for help
after she fell out with the family of a student she had suspended
after a fight.

Philipps, a former vice-principal of a private school in Kuwait,
said that the authorities had slapped a travel ban on her at the
request of the son’s family who had been angered by her decision,
according to the letter posted on the Web and quoted by the Arab
Times daily.

The U.S. embassy confirmed in a statement a travel ban had been
imposed on her, adding its consular section was in contact with the
authorities to help Phillips leave Kuwait as soon as possible.

Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally, was the launch pad for the U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq in 2003 and is home to several thousands of U.S.

Reuters My niece speculates that this was the official version of the US Embassy, as it is very much positive on their “actions.”

July 1, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News, Political Issues, Social Issues


  1. this letter reeks of half-truths, but you know we have some CRAZY families out there…

    Comment by commenter | July 1, 2007 | Reply

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  3. Nobody is sure of what is really happening. Only that teacher knows the truth. If she has no financial obligations, then the travel ban either has been mistakenly issued. Or that’s a really crazy family. I would believe the latter, even though the former has happened a lot to many people.

    Hope this issue gets resolved. This is a good case of Vitamin ‘W’ in the works and I’m wondering…does Kuwait need a babysitter like the U.S. to tell it what to do and what not to do? Our gov’mint needs to wake up.

    Comment by Я | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. lol @ vitamin W hahaha!

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. Totally shamefull
    the career of that teacher has been changed alltogether because of the behaviours of some idiots
    Hope it gets resolved

    Comment by Vinnie | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ve been reading this:

    Now teachers don’t want to come to Kuwait. And Kuwait has become a danger zone for teachers. So much for our image.

    One teacher summed it all up, “Democracy in Kuwait is only for the Kuwaitis.”

    I agree. I’m writing up a rant about this on my blog, give it some time & you’ll see fire n brimstone. 😛

    Comment by Я | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  7. Holy Smokes, R! I didn’t realize all this was happening! Thanks for the link.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  8. I smell something fishy in the teacher’s story…..!!!

    Comment by EXzombie | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  9. Hiya Exzombie, no-one seems to have any hard information. You look on the net and in the blogs, even the newspapers, most of the story is from Katherine Phillip’s letter, nothing from the prosecutor’s office or any official source.

    Most everything other than her letter and the Reuter’s report is speculation, opinion and outrage – on both sides.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  10. This can’t be doing much to the reputation of teaching at Al-Bayan (BBS)- am referring to the comments and messages on the ISR board.

    People have to get moving and find out the whole story and get this issue – and others- resolved.

    Comment by jewaira | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  11. I read on the school’s website where the situation has been “resolved.” In this teacher’s defence, she is a consumate professional. As far as the other side of the story, both have been aired. The child was fighting and received the approppriate punishment as outlined by the school handbook and signed by the parents. The fact that a year and a half later, the parent has decided to exact revenge when his child has not been readmitted to the school is a bit curious, but its far too easy to say that the teacher must be in the wrong. Perhaps in treating all children the same in Kuwait, she was. She must not have known how important this particular child was. I would advise teachers to use careful judgement before returning to work in Kuwait.

    Comment by sailor | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  12. Sailor, thank you. I found it and posted the “resolution” for others . . . God willing, she is already safely out of the country.

    “but its far too easy to say that the teacher must be in the wrong. Perhaps in treating all children the same in Kuwait, she was. She must not have known how important this particular child was.”

    Will she be coming back?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2007 | Reply

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