Sydney school bans 'girls', 'women' and 'ladies'
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is investigating claims that a school in Sydney banned the terms "girls", "ladies" and "women".
According to media reports, Cheltenham Girls High School management ordered staff at the elite secondary college to only use "gender neutral" language when addressing students.
The ruling was reportedly made while teachers were meeting to discuss the Safe Schools program, which helps prevent bullying against gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender students.
It was also claimed that the school distributed a copy of the NSW anti-discrimination act, while telling teachers that if they did not support GLBTI students they faced losing their jobs.
The school has not responded to the claims and there has been no discussion of the issues on its Facebook page.
Local Liberal MP Damien Tudehope said parents were not happy with the move.
Media personalities this morning issued a call to arms over the stance with some saying heads should roll.
Former news presenter Ron Wilson told the Seven Network's Sunrise program that the school's board should be replaced.
Over on the Nine Network's Today show, Sunday Mail editor Peter Gleeson said the decision was 'ridiculous'.
"I am all for diversity and making sure that our younger generation understand exactly what is gong on within the community, but to implement something like this, it's just ridiculous," Gleeson said.
And Sydney 2GB announcer Chris Smith said he was angered by people pushing the "twisted" Safe Schools agenda.
"They're scared of somehow being sued," he said.
Twitter users were quick to reveal their feelings on the issue.
"What a load of #SafeSchool PC bullshit," Sir WotNot wrote.
A man with the Twitter handle Wuh?Okay responded with: "Great News! I'm enrolling my boys at Cheltenham Girls High School now that it's #genderneutral."
And Alastair Lawrie gave the school a pat on the back.
"Ignore the misleading headline," he tweeted.
"Cheltenham Girls High is actually doing a great job at being inclusive.
Mr Piccoli said he had asked his department "to investigate these complaints promptly, in accordance with departmental policy."
The Safe Schools program came under intense political pressure before the Federal Election when some conservative MPs claimed it was promoting "homosexual lifestyles".
While this claim was roundly rejected by a range of experts, a subsequent parliamentary investigation into Safe Schools led to the Federal Government imposing strict restrictions on the program. - ARM NEWSDESK