To: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister

Support the Safe Schools Program - no review needed!

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to review the Safe Schools anti-bullying program is a disappointing capitulation to extreme conservatives within the Coalition and within the community.

The Safe Schools program is a successful initiative which celebrates diversity and tolerance and is tackling the bullying of LGBTI young people at schools.

Turnbull should reverse his decision to review this successful school program.

Why is this important?

Bullying is a real issue that can seriously hurt young people. A majority of young LGBTI people report bullying and 80 per cent of those say that it happens at school.

All young people should be able to feel safe and supported at school, and this program is helping to do this.

Despite scare campaigns around the program, schools make decisions about their level of involvement with Safe Schools, how much of the program they use and what is appropriate for particular age groups.

Schools need to have the freedom to run these kinds of programs if they believe it is necessary to help create a safe environment within the school for all students.

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Reasons for signing

  • Others in my profession who have positions of responsibility in dealing with student welfare will deride others who are LGBTI. This is done in front of graduate staff, it must stop to ensure, support of all.
  • I never want to see another young person try to take their life or develop depression and anxiety because of homophobia.
  • Acceptance and recognition of LGBTI issues has come a long way in a single generation. Imagine what the next generation can do, if we educate them well.

Updates

2016-02-25 08:30:47 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-02-24 20:12:39 +1100

500 signatures reached

2016-02-24 15:40:01 +1100

100 signatures reached

2016-02-24 15:05:31 +1100

50 signatures reached

2016-02-24 14:51:29 +1100

25 signatures reached

2016-02-24 14:24:20 +1100

10 signatures reached