‘Hero academy’ is a ‘dark academy’, ‘hero’ is not an option for female students
The Irish Herald reports that female students at Hero Academy are being taught to be ‘heroes’ instead of “heroes” because “hero” is a term of abuse and “heroism” is viewed as a woman’s “preferred” word.
According to the report, the school was established by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as a way of teaching young people to become “heroic” in the face of adversity.
The Herald’s reporter told the paper that the school has been around since 2013 and has “a new focus on women’s issues”.
The Herald report states that the “dark academy” teaches women how to be “heroesses”, “act heroically” and “be an advocate for equality”, but does not explain how the term “hero academy” can be a “disparaging word” to women.
The school is also accused of “infiltrating” women students with “misogynistic and racist language”, including “calling female students ‘girls'” and “insulting female teachers”.
It was reported in 2015 that a woman at the school, who was in her late 30s, had been sexually assaulted in an isolated room by three students, who she had told “was not a real school”.
She told the Herald that the incidents happened in “the middle of the night” and that she “was shocked by the level of disrespect and racism”.
In the aftermath of the assault, a number of women wrote about the experience on social media, with one woman writing that the incident “hurt so much” that she could no longer attend the school.
A similar incident happened in the US last year, when a female teacher at a New York high school was suspended after a student wrote about her being raped.
A spokeswoman for the St Andrews University said in a statement that it had “zero tolerance” for the use of “racist, sexist, homophobic or other discriminatory language or behaviour” and would investigate any allegations of “hateful or derogatory behaviour”.
The school has also been accused of using the term as a term to “dispel” students who speak out against sexist and racist behaviour.
The spokesperson told The Irish Mail that the term was “not a derogatory term”.
“The school was founded as a place to teach young people how to become heroes,” she said.
There are a range of positive and constructive roles for students to fulfil at Hero.”