An Australian teacher has come under fire for allegedly telling her students not to talk to each other about sex, and not to discuss it in class.
The teacher, who is not named, allegedly made the comments after hearing about a case of sexual assault in which a 17-year-old boy had told his teacher he did not want his father to talk with him about sex because he feared the teacher would “do something stupid”.
The boy, who was also 17 at the time, told the teacher, a former school teacher, that the teacher had told him he was not “allowed to talk”, and that he was “not allowed to talk” about sex in the class.
He also allegedly said: “I think if I do that [talk] to my dad, it will be really bad for him.”
The teacher has been suspended, and the school has issued a statement saying: “This matter is now under investigation and we are working with the school to understand the circumstances surrounding this alleged incident and to ensure that it does not occur again.”
We are also in discussions with the student’s parents to discuss the situation further.
“Ms Taylor, from the School of Education at the University of Melbourne, was not available for comment.”
If you see any students acting inappropriately you need to intervene and you need the right support,” the statement said.”
When it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault, we all need to stand together and make sure that we all feel safe.
“The school is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, supportive and inclusive school environment.”
Ms Tan has previously been disciplined for speaking to students about the incident, including by removing a teacher’s notebook from the classroom.
In a statement, Ms Tan said she had not told the boy he was being wronged.
“I do not feel it was appropriate to speak about what happened and I apologise for my actions,” she said.
“I know that in some people’s minds, it might not be appropriate to talk publicly about something like this, but I would ask for their support and I want to apologise for the impact it has had on others.”
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