Langbroek blasts parents for cartwheel ban bullying
EDUCATION Minister John-Paul Langbroek has accused parents of cyber-bullying Peregian Springs State School principal, Gwen Sands over her decision to ban cartwheels.
In State Parliament yesterday, Mr Langbroek gave his full support for Ms Sands.
This is despite Premier Campbell Newman and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli stating they believed "kids should allowed to be kids".
Mr Langbroek said parents had been using social media to attack Ms Sands after she introduced the ruling in the school's newsletter that under "no circumstances" were handstands or cartwheels allowed at school, unless under the supervision of a qualified teacher and on a suitable mat.
This was after two students were injured.
The story, which first appeared in the Daily, sparked international attention.
It also appeared on national television and has been an ongoing subject on talkback radio
Other media has reported Mr Langbroek told the House parents should know better and questioned whether he needed to launch an anti-bullying campaign to protect principals and teachers from such behavior.
"Gwen Sands was held up to ridicule by the media, pilloried internationally as a perpetrator of crimes against children and derided as the worst of the nanny state officials," it was reported.
"But most hurtful were the cowardly cyber-attacks launched via Facebook and Twitter, many from parents of the students in her care.
"There were single lines and stinging rebukes sent without thought for the consequence or the power that words can have, even against adults.
"We stand up loud and proud against people who belittle and threaten students in our schools. We appeal to parents to help us spread this message and to understand the impact these cruel attacks have on young minds and spirits.
"Do we now need to start a campaign to protect our teachers and principals from the very people who should know better, the parents of the children entrusted to their care?
"These are the same parents who are quick to identify and expect protection from the childhood bullies in their offspring's classrooms, the parents who march straight to the principal's office demanding these measures for their children."
Mr Langbroek said he had spoken to the principal and offered her his "100 per cent support".
"I encourage discussion and debate within communities about these issues, but at the end of the day a decision has to be made."