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Opinion: Why I support Safe Schools as a principal

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The Educator | 26 Feb 2016, 10:15 AM Agree 0
When our senior footballers tell their opponents not to use 'gay' as a derogatory term, we know that the Safe Schools program is having an impact, writes Jim Laussen.
  • Pfft | 21 Apr 2016, 10:52 PM Agree 0
    When I went to Overnewton, none of the teachers gave two hoots about bullying. But the second you said it was for an lgbt reason, they were all over it. It's disgusting how I went through about 6 years of bullying and not once did they care. When I was called a lesbian, suddenly they were. How about Overnewton fix its bullying in general instead of focusing in on a minority that I rarely saw bullied? In my year level when people came out as gay they were instantly popular. Set your sites on ALL your students, not just the ones that make you look good.
  • formerstudnet | 05 Jun 2016, 04:48 PM Agree 0
    In response to the earlier post by Pfft: I am also a graduate of Overnewton. 'Pfft' it saddens me that you experienced that bullying and felt that the support given to you by staff at the college was not adequate. However, to say the school does not care about all students and that cases of bullying are only deemed valid when a victim identifies as LGBTIQ are hyperbolic and incorrect. I can understand that as a bullying victim who identifies (I assume based on your post) as a cisgender heterosexual you may have reservations in the way you view Overnewtons joining of Safe Schools. So let it be clear, that the colleges introduction of a Stand Out Committee and the joining of Safe Schools better equips the staff to appropriately and sensitively mediate types of bullying that they previously may have had issues confronting. The implementation of the Safe Schools does nothing to take away from students, but rather allows all students regardless of their sexuality or gender to feel supported within their school community.

    I highly applaud Overnewton Anglican Community College for taking steps to ensure that school is a safe place for all students, staff and families. I am very proud to be an old collegiate for a school that respects all students and their right to an education in an environment they feel safe in.
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