School denies boy was told ‘he could wear dress’
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