"Homophobic" Queenslanders kept in dark about Safe Schools
SUNSHINE Coast mums and dads won't be allowed to know of their child's school is enrolled in the Safe Schools Coalition because of the homophobic reactions of some Queenslanders.
Queensland is the only state in Australia in which the schools registered as members with the controversial anti-bullying program aren't listed by name.
A Safe Schools Coalition spokeswoman explained this was because of "transphobic and homophobic" comments made to some schools which were identified.
"In Queensland there are approximately 30 member schools (of the Safe Schools Coalition)," she said.
"Staff at some schools had been contacted by members of the community and asked to withdraw their support for the coalition, with comments made to schools and their staff that were transphobic and homophobic.
"This pressure was experienced in schools where children are already at risk of depression, self-harm and suicide due to long term discrimination.
"To safeguard the safety and well-being of children and as part of the Safe Schools Coalition, the decision was made to make the names of participating schools anonymous on the Safe Schools website.
"That means that those schools are able to seek assistance from the program without being subject to personal lobbying."
Should schools enrolled in the Safe Schools program be identified?
This poll ended on 27 March 2016.
Yes. It should be made public.
No. Parents should be told but it's shouldn't be made general knowledge.
The best interests of the children should dictate it, and that decision should be made by the schools.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
This has already raised concern from former Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, who called for the Coalition's funding to be cut.
"I am concerned about elements included in it," he said.
"It is clearly much more about gender and sexuality than bullying. It doesn't even mention bullying.
"Many parents feel in this area they should be informed about what's happening in their local schools.
"I can't understand why Queensland thinks it should be kept a secret when all other states the schools are named."
There are 530 schools registered on Safe Schools nationwide. The only are which appears to have no schools registered at all is the Northern Territory.
Do you think parents have a right to know if their child's school is enrolled in the Coalition? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Faith Sommerfeld: "Yes parents have the right to know everything that is being taught to their children and also the right to say NO if they do not agree with it."
Taran Saunders: "Once you allow parents to dictate what is taught to children through you will have serious issues. While most people wouldn't have many issues, and are reasonable people there is the 1% who are truly idiotic and will object to everything. ( eg. teaching basic biology is the work of the devil because it goes against what some passage in the bible says happened)."
Lachlan McKay: "Of course... I don't see why safe schools should be kept a secret. I'd send my kids to a school with the safe schools program."
Lloyd Copper: "Missing the point. A child who has homophobic parents isn't going to go to them for help . Said parents won't allow them into a program that teaches anti bullying and self identity. The people against this are at best selfish and at worst partly responsible for any negative outcomes that child goes through because of it. Weak."