NSW Police Minister David Elliott wants to see a school teacher on Sydney’s upper north shore sacked after images emerged of posters reading “Stop Killer Cops” and “Pigs out of the country”.
The placards, displayed at Lindfield Learning Village, have been taken down and the Department of Education is undertaking a review at the request of NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell.
The NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliot slammed the actions of a Sydney primary school as pushing “left-wing ideologies” after students created posters features slogans from the Black Lives Matter movement.
They were made by Year 5 and 6 students, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Asked by 2GB host Ben Fordham on Wednesday whether he thought the teacher should be sacked, Mr Elliott replied: “I do.”
“It’s been a wide call from the community this morning and overnight,” he said. “The headmistress, [principal] Stephanie McConnell, in my view should be fronting the media today and explaining why taxpayers’ dollars are being spent to educate children in this manner.”
I can’t believe we’ve got these left-wing teachers out there acting racist themselves by saying white lives don’t matter. Well, they do. Everybody matters.NSW Police Minister David Elliot
Mr Elliott said it went against the broad and comprehensive education expected from the system.
“They have completely let their student body down by indoctrinating and brainwashing them at a time when they really should be learning how to read and write,” he said.
“God forbid there’s a kid there whose father or grandfather or brother is a police officer. How does the school explain that? ‘Oh, by the way, your Dad’s a pig’.”
In light of a jury finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of black man George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, Mr Elliott told Nine’s Today show: “NSW Police aren’t American police.”
“I can’t believe we’ve got these left-wing teachers out there acting racist themselves by saying white lives don’t matter. Well, they do. Everybody matters,” he said.
“These are the same left-wing ideologues who will say every time an Australian soldier sets foot overseas, ‘it’s not our war’. Well, guess what, what’s going on in America at the moment, it’s not our war.
“We’re Australians. We have a much different relationship with the NSW Police and police forces around the country. We have a much higher level of respect for our police because they are independent and they do have civilian oversight. When they do the wrong thing, there is a process.
“That doesn’t happen in the United States, which is why I’m very, very concerned that teachers are using what’s happened in the United States to somehow muddy the waters here.”
Mr Elliott said he would be writing to Ms Mitchell and NSW Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott AO on Wednesday as he thinks “they should be making a stand”.
The minister said he will be attending a graduation ceremony on Friday when a record number of Indigenous Australians will be joining the NSW Police Force.
The Herald approached the school for comment and was directed to the education department.
“The materials have been removed from the school,” a NSW Education spokesperson said. “The comments on the poster are in no way endorsed by the department or represent the department’s view of police, who do an indispensable job of keeping the community safe and secure.
“The school has been reminded of the controversial issues in schools policy. At the request of the Minister, the Department is undertaking a review to see if any disciplinary action needs to be taken.”
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