Have you heard Cella White’s story? Cella is a brave mum from Frankston in Victoria.
She’s made news this week after the Herald Sun reported that she has withdrawn her children from the local government high school.
Cella is an Australian mother taking a stand against Safe Schools, which is being released nationally.
You see Frankston High, just like every school in Victoria, is being forced by the Andrews Government to sign up to a radical program called the “Safe Schools Coalition”.
Don’t let the name fool you. There’s nothing safe about the “Safe Schools Coalition”.
While it presents itself as an anti gay and lesbian bullying program, it is instead promoting a dangerous transgender ideology and encouraging boys and girls to wear whatever school uniform makes them comfortable, to use the opposite sex’s toilets, and gives detailed instructions about how girls can bind their chests and boys can ‘tuck’ their genitals.
By their own admission, these practices can be lethal.
But this is where rainbow politics have taken our schools.
The programme has been funded by the Rudd/Abbott/Turnbull governments and is being rolled out across Australia to an increasing number of schools. The Victorian Government has made the programme compulsory.
Safe Schools transgender awareness program could do more harm to kids than good
by Lyle Shelton
HERALD SUN, 8 Feb 2016 4:06PM
OPINION: AS parents send their children back to school, they might want to check if their primary or high school is signed up to the so-called Safe Schools Coalition Australia.
One parent who did some checking was Cella White of Frankston in Victoria. She has withdrawn her child from Frankston High School. Other parents across Australia are doing the same. In the name of anti-bullying, Safe Schools are urged to let boys who believe in their mind they are a girl to use the girls’ toilets, change facilities and even sleeping quarters on school camps.
Safe Schools material contains posters of boys dressed in girls’ school uniforms with the message “gender is not uniform” and schools are encouraged to let children wear the uniform of their felt gender.
Now gender dysphoria is a serious issue and no child should be bullied for any reason. But Safe Schools goes way beyond the purview of anti-bullying programs to proselytising for radical gender theory. For example, girls who think they might be boys are given advice about flattening their breasts.
The Safe Schools-promoted Minus 18 website, funded by the Victorian Government and promoted by the program nationally, advises “7 ways to bind your chest” — a practice which it casually admits can kill. “Because you are compressing tissue, it can cause damage and potentially even breakages to your ribs if done improperly, if things go wrong with your ribs, it has the potential to be lethal,” according to the Safe Schools-promoted material. And boys who think they might be girls are advised to “tuck” their genitals, a practice that can lead to infertility.
The Safe Schools-promoted Minus 18 website goes on to also affirm radical sexual experimentation. Of course most of us who are parents will be concerned about material like this. But to be told objecting might cause vulnerable young people to commit suicide is emotional blackmail. But more serious questions about Safe Schools go to legal liability. Who is liable if a girl damages her breasts or a boy becomes infertile from tucking his genitals — or worse still, has surgery they later regret? Is it the school principal who allowed the program? The Education Department? Or state and federal governments? It really should be the federal and state politicians who signed off on the program. The Rudd/Abbott/Turnbull Governments have channelled $8 million of taxpayers’ money to Safe Schools. 486 primary and high schools are running the program.
Despite the rainbow carpet being rolled out in schools, gender theory is highly contested with leading feminists such as Germaine Greer scathing. Women and girls should feel safe in their toilets and change rooms from male-to-female transgender people who have not undergone a sex change, they rightly say. And there is no scientific evidence that anyone is “born gay” or that little boys and girls have been born in the wrong body and that surgery, hormones, tucking or binding are the solution. Yet Safe Schools teaches gender theory as fact — even to primary school children.
What Safe Schools doesn’t say is that most gender dysphoria subsides before puberty. It is likely the program could be doing more harm than good, particularly if kids later regret their sex change, as many transgender people do.
Of course this is deeply emotional for families where children are grappling with their sexuality or gender. However, love, compassion and empathy along with truth telling and professional help should be the approach, not transgender ideology taught as dogma.
It is time politicians found the courage to defund Safe Schools and to push back on rainbow politics. If they don’t, more parents like Cella White will vote with their feet to the detriment of public education.
Lyle Shelton is Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby