READER REPORT:

McCaw book marred by F bombs

JOHN YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 23/12/2012
Richie McCaw book
THE OPEN SIDE: All Black captain Richie McCaws biography is a disappointment, says reader John Young.

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Richie McCaw is a great All Black and always carries himself with dignity on and off the field, but his recent biography was a great disappointment.

The sprinklings of the F-bomb and blasphemy were a big let down.

As a former New Zealand primary school principal I was deeply disappointed and saw no need for it. If this language is in the All Black captain's biography does that mean it is now acceptable on the primary school playground?

Did the publishers, Greg McGee and McCaw himself not realise how young the readership is for a book like this? Would children from nine years and older want to read it? Yes. Would I stock it in a school library? Sadly, no.

It seems ironic that I write this when on the same website there is a story about a protester prosecuted for using obscene language in Auckland. I feel the language in McCaw's book is a bigger issue and made teachers' and parents' jobs harder.


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