School de­nies boy was told ‘he could wear dress’

The Observer - - NEWS NATION - – Charis Chang

A SCHOOL prin­ci­pal has hit back at claims made by a mother who fea­tured in the first TV ad for the No cam­paign on same-sex mar­riage.

Mother-of-four Cella White ap­peared in the ad, which aired on Tues­day night, telling view­ers her son’s school had told him “he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it”.

It’s not the first time she has spo­ken out about the is­sue – Ms White pre­vi­ously fea­tured in the me­dia af­ter with­draw­ing her chil­dren from Frankston High School in 2016 due to con­cerns over the Safe Schools pro­gram.

In a video released in 2016 telling her story, Ms White claims her son was told at school he could wear a dress.

But Frankston High prin­ci­pal John Al­bis­ton dis­putes Ms White’s story.

“We checked with all the teach­ers – it never hap­pened,” he told Fair­fax.

Mean­while the Coali­tion for Mar­riage, which com­mis­sioned the video, at­tacked the re­sponse of Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten to the ad. Mr Shorten said the ad was “of­fen­sive and hurt­ful to LGBTI Aus­tralians and their fam­i­lies”.

Coali­tion for Mar­riage spokesman Dr David van Gend said the La­bor leader had made it clear he did not want to hear, let alone an­swer, the ques­tions be­ing raised by or­di­nary Aussies.

“A sim­ple look at one of the rad­i­cal sex and gen­der pro­grams (Safe Schools) re­sources back up what the mums are say­ing,” Mr van Gend said.

“The All of Us re­source has, as its sec­ond les­son, Year 7 kids role-play­ing same-sex re­la­tion­ships. And the Safe Schools posters fea­ture boys in dresses.”

❝ We checked with all the teach­ers – it never hap­pened. — Prin­ci­pal John Al­bis­ton

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