An inquiry has been launched into a new state school which allowed students to make anti-police posters that called officers ‘pigs’.
Students in Years 5 and 6 at Lindfield Learning Village on Sydney’s north shore made placards with the words ‘stop killer cops’ and ‘pigs out of the country’, slogans which have featured in the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.
Other alarming posters read: ‘white lives matter too much’ and ‘you can’t silence the speechless’.
Lindfield Learning Village (pictured) on Sydney’s north shore has no uniform
Lindfield Learning Village, which opened in January 2019, accepts children from kindergarten to year 12
This was one of the posters made by the students at Lindfield Learning Village in Sydney’s north
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell launched a review into how the incident happened and warned her department was considering ‘disciplinary action’.
‘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,’ NSW Education said.
‘The school has been reminded of the controversial issues in schools policy.’
Lindfield Learning Village, which opened in January 2019, is an alternative state school that has no uniform and accepts children from kindergarten to year 12.
It follows a ‘human-centred learning’ method which ‘enables the student to direct their own learning journey.’
Teachers are required to maintain ‘a balance between the explicit teaching of new learning and supporting students as independent learners,’ the school’s website reads.
NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham slammed the school as a ‘sinkhole for leftist ideological teaching’.
‘I’m told the school has three types of toilets for five-year-olds: a boys toilet, a girls toilet, and a gender-neutral toilet,’ he told Ray Hadley on radio 2GB.
Earlier NSW police minister David Elliot called for the teacher involved to be stood down for demonising police officers.
Teachers at the school (pictured) are required to maintain ‘ a balance between the explicit teaching of new learning and supporting students as independent learners’
One of the offensive posters made by the students read ‘stop killer cops’
‘The headmistress should be fronting the media today to explain why taxpayers’ dollars are being spent to educate children in this manner,’ he told 2GB radio on Wednesday morning.
‘They have completely let their student body down by indoctrinating and brainwashing them.
‘We are supposed to be telling our kids that if you wear a uniform you’re a hero and teaching these kids the history of Australia is one of tolerance and sacrifice and courage and then we get this crap stuck to us.
‘If my kid was at this school I’d want my money back and I’d be getting my kid out of there.’
Mr Elliot apologised to the parents of police officers.
Students in Years 5 and 6 at Lindfield Learning Village on Sydney’s north shore made placards with the words ‘stop killer cops’. Pictured: The school during construction
‘We don’t think that your children are pigs, we think your children are fantastic,’ he said.
‘Police haven’t done anything wrong, they are the pillar of our society. This sort of mentality has no place in Australia.’
Host Ben Fordham said the teacher should be sacked and Mr Elliot said: ‘That’s right.’
Mr Elliot later spoke about the incident on Nine’s Today show where he slammed ‘ideologues that work in the education department’.
‘Children don’t need the police built up as some sort of bogey man which is what we’re seeing with this indoctrination,’ he said.
Images of the posters were shared on social media and featured in the Daily Telegraph.
Radio host Ben Fordham said the teacher should be sacked and Police Minister David Elliot said: ‘That’s right’. Pictured: One of the posters
Black Lives Matter is a movement founded in the US in 2013 to protest about some high-profile incidents of black men being killed by police.
It came back to prominence after George Floyd was killed by a police officer who in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year.
That officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on Wednesday morning Australian time of murdering Mr Floyd by leaning on his neck for nine and a half minutes on May 25.
The BLM movement spread to Australia where Indigenous rights activists held marches in major cities last winter.
One Nation’s NSW Legislative Council MP Mark Latham backed calls for the teacher to be sacked, and said the principal should also be dismissed.
‘For a student to be saying ‘white lives matter too much’ and for the teacher to display it in the classroom is appalling,’ Mr Latham said.
‘It is not education it is indoctrination, they’re polluting the minds of little kids. It is not humanity, it is not compassion, it is a warped mutant ideology shoved down the throats of little kids.’
Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and led away on Tuesday to be held in jail before sentencing
Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes on May 25 outside Cup Foods
Lindfield Learning Village was established in 2019, with children not required to wear uniforms, and with no structured lessons or classrooms but instead using open-learning spaces.
The Learning Village said its education model was based on ‘three archetypal learning spaces – the campfire, cave, and watering hole – that schools can use as physical spaces and virtual spaces for student learning.
‘Our approach is designed to create independent, resilient learners who possess the learning dispositions required for success in their life within and beyond school.’
The school’s stated ‘Code of Collaboration’ vows to ‘listen actively and challenge each other’s ideas to help them grow’.
‘We will notice what is not being said and enable all voices,’ the code reads.
The controversy came just a month after the school held Harmony Day 2021 in which students and staff were encouraged to wear orange or ‘cultural dress’ and to make donations to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Feast for Freedom.
MINNESOTA V DEREK CHAUVIN – CHARGES
Second-degree murder – GUILTY
The second-degree murder charge required prosecutors to prove Chauvin caused Floyd’s death while committing or trying to commit a felony — in this case, third-degree assault.
Prosecutors had to convince the jury that Chauvin assaulted or attempted to assault Floyd and in doing so inflicted substantial bodily harm. Prosecutors did not have to prove Chauvin was the sole cause of Floyd’s death – only that his conduct was a ‘substantial causal factor’.
Second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, but because Chauvin does not have any prior convictions sentencing guidelines recommend he serve no more than 25.5 years in jail.
Second-degree manslaughter – GUILTY
The manslaughter charge has a lower bar, requiring proof that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death through negligence that created an unreasonable risk, and consciously took the chance of causing severe injury or death.
Second degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison – sentencing guidelines for someone without a criminal record call for no more than four years behind bars.
Third-degree murder – GUILTY
Third-degree murder required a lower standard of proof than second-degree. To win a conviction, prosecutors needed to show only that Floyd’s death was caused by an act that was obviously dangerous, though not necessarily a felony.
Third-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 25 years but because Chauvin has no criminal history he would likely end up serving about 12.5.