AUSTRALIA’S most popular high school dress-up contest has found itself at the centre of controversy.
Key points:Police in Collier County, near Melbourne, say they are investigating the case of a school girl wearing a dress that could be considered a Halloween costume and a fake 911 callThe school has said it would remove the costume after complaints from parentsThe principal says the dress was a costume she wore when she was an “old school girl”The school said it has removed the costume, but the principal says it was a “costume” she wore as an “unprofessional” teacher and is “not reflective of the community”.
The school, in Collie, near Sydney, has confirmed that a student wore the costume on Halloween last year.
But the principal said it was not reflective of who she was and was not a costume that she had worn for a Halloween party.
“It was not appropriate and it was disrespectful,” she said.
“As a result, we have removed it from our school.”‘
We can’t go back to the way things were’The principal, who is from a remote Aboriginal community, said the school had received numerous complaints about the dress.
“We’ve received complaints from some of our Aboriginal students, some of the parents who have been at the school, some Aboriginal students and some other students that they can’t wear the dress at all,” she told the ABC.
“The parents have said it’s a Halloween dress, it’s not reflective to their community, and it’s disrespectful.”
I can’t even explain what that means to the community, to them, to us.
“And it is completely inappropriate.”
To me it’s just not appropriate.
“The dress had been purchased at a local store for $90.
A spokeswoman for the local Indigenous Health Service said it had been made aware of the incident.”
This was not an Indigenous Health service facility, so we’re not able to comment on the specifics of the case,” she replied.”
However, it is important to note that Indigenous health services and Indigenous health staff have been working closely with their local Indigenous communities to address issues affecting Indigenous Australians, and that the health services services at Collier College are working closely alongside Indigenous health authorities and community members to address those issues.