Racism al­leged at West­lake Boys High

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A teacher at a top Auck­land high school has been ‘‘dealt with’’ af­ter al­legedly mak­ing dis­parag­ing com­ments to­wards Chi­nese stu­dents.

The teacher was ac­cused of telling stu­dents at West­lake Boys High School to go back to their own coun­try.

The teacher was also al­leged to have called the stu­dents ‘‘id­iots’’ with ‘‘rich par­ents’’.

In an­other in­ci­dent, Pa¯ keha¯ stu­dents from the school were al­leged to have punched a Chi­nese stu­dent and told him to ‘‘go home to Ching Chong­lan­dia’’.

A video of the al­leged in­ci­dent was up­loaded to the Chi­nese so­cial me­dia plat­form WeChat.

That and ref­er­ences to other in­ci­dents at the school have made lo­cal news head­lines in China, amass­ing thou­sands of com­ments.

West­lake Boys High School principal David Fer­gu­son said that he was aware of the in­ci­dent.

‘‘We have been work­ing with the fam­ily of the stu­dent in­volved in the in­ci­dent on the video and are con­tin­u­ing to of­fer our sup­port,’’ Fer­gu­son said.

A dis­ci­plinary process was un­der­way in­volv­ing the al­leged bul­lies, he said.

‘‘Sim­i­larly, an oc­ca­sion in­volv­ing in­sen­si­tive com­ments al­legedly made by a staff mem­ber has also been dealt with, and all staff have been re­minded of their du­ties around fair­ness and tol­er­ance.

‘‘Our school has high ex­pec­ta­tions of all of our young men and all of our staff. Our goal al­ways is to pro­vide a safe and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment – based on re­spect for all cul­tures – so that all of our stu­dents with­out ex­cep­tion, can be suc­cess­ful.

‘‘This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant as we are a di­verse, mul­ti­cul­tural school with stu­dents and staff from all over the world. In fact, the ma­jor­ity of our boys were born out­side of New Zealand and we now have stu­dents from more than 50 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. We are proud of this, cel­e­brate it, learn from one an­other and see it as a re­ally pos­i­tive fea­ture of our school.’’

The staff mem­ber, who al­legedly made the com­ments, had apol­o­gised to both the school and the stu­dents con­cerned, Fer­gu­son said.

‘‘We do not be­lieve that there is any chance of a sim­i­lar mis­take be­ing made again,’’ Fer­gu­son said.

A teacher at West­lake Boys High School is al­leged to have called Chi­nese stu­dents ‘‘id­iots’’ with ‘‘rich par­ents’’

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