Head Bars Son Of Cult Man
The Times, 13 August 1968, p.2 col. c
A headmaster has refused the son of a scientologist entry to a preparatory school until, he says, the cult "clears its name". The boy, Neil Gaiman, aged 7, was to have started at Fonthill School, East Grinstead, Sussex, at the beginning of next term, but the headmaster, Mr. Michael Carter, has told the boy's parents that he cannot offer him a place. Mr. David Gaiman, the father, aged 35, former South Coast businessman, has become in recent weeks a prominent spokesman in Britain for scientology, which has its headquarters at East Grinstead. Mr. Gaiman said last night: "Mr. Carter rang me and said in the light of the recent government statement [*] the boy was no longer wanted at the school. "He was kind enough to point out that I could, as I had paid a registration fee, insist on sending him." Mr. Carter said: "The father has drawn a great deal of attention to himself and the family belongs to an organization described as socially harmful. Once their name is cleared I would accept the boy. I am not closing the door in his face." ---------- [*] This referred to the measures announced on July 25th 1968 by Kenneth Robinson, the Minister of Health: L. Ron Hubbard was declared persona non grata in the UK and foreign Scientologists were forbidden to enter the country. The ban lasted until July 13th 1980.