Girls targeted with racial slurs
A MILLBANK mum is at her wit's end as her twin daughters continually face a barrage of racist taunts at Bundaberg State High School.
Leanne Johnson, whose Year 12 daughters declined to be named, said each day the girls had names such as “kanaka dogs”, “nigger” and “blackies” thrown at them during class or in the school yard.
The siblings are of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander descent.
Mrs Johnson said she had been to see the school at least three times about the issue, but claimed no action had been taken.
“It is a place of learning. To have other students repeatedly do this, and not be told it is wrong and to respect other people no matter what, is very frustrating,” she said.
On one occasion in a German class, a student sitting directly behind the girls allegedly asked a friend: “I wonder how you'd say ‘kanaka dogs' in German.”
“It just sticks in your head all day and you can't really concentrate,” one of the twins said.
In one of the meetings with the school, it was suggested the girls, and not the perpetrators, sit out a class in the office to avoid the taunts — a suggestion the girls tried.
“But we don't like to have that kind of segregation and the girls felt like they were the ones being punished,” Mrs Johnson said.
Greg Peach, Education Queensland regional director for the north coast, said Bundaberg State High School did not tolerate bullying or discrimination in any form.
“All allegations of inappropriate behaviour by students are treated extremely seriously, and are dealt with through the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students,” he said.
“This plan clearly sets out the school's expectations for student behaviour, including bullying, and the consequences for students when these expectations are not met.”
However, Mr Peach would not elaborate on what those consequences were.