A video of a distraught student reportedly reacting to a controversial contract sent out by a school in Brisbane shows the impact it has had on students.
The amended enrolment contract — which states the school can terminate a child’s enrolment based on sexual orientation, gender identity or sexual activity — was sent to parents at Citipointe Christian College, asking them to sign the 'declaration of faith' on behalf of their children.
Comedian Christian Hull reposted the video and said it shows a vulnerable moment between a student and a parent talking about the school's new contract. He said he had permission to post the video to Tiktok.
“I’ve been there for so long,” the student sobbed in the clip.
Their parent comforted them, saying: “I know baby, we’ll think about what we can do, okay?”
“And leave all my friends behind?” they said, before calling the rules “absolutely stupid”.
“I’m not gay, I’m not transgender, I don’t plan to be, but for those who are, it’s terrible,” they said.
'Students are being taught discrimination': Christian Hull
In a follow-up video, Mr Hull responded to a comment left on the short clip, which said: "It's a private, Christian school. Shouldn't they be able to hold onto their beliefs?"
“This has very real-world implications that affect both you and I,” he said, saying it paves the way for these students to grow up continuing to treat members of the LGBTQ community as “second class citizens”.
"They're taught that being homosexuality is a sin. Abortion is illegal. And they're basically taught that we are second class citizens," he said.
"Now these students go on to enter into the workforce. Suddenly, I'm in the workforce with these students. Then the students get into positions of power, and now they're employing people. And now they're passing on their beliefs down the line, and they won't be hiring certain people within my community.
"When they entered the workforce and moved into positions of power, it was likely they would pass their beliefs down the line.
“Then these people get into positions of power politically, for example the current prime minister Scott Morrison is deeply religious.
“Do you know what he’s just done? He’s instigated the religious discrimination bill, which makes it perfectly legal for the Citipointe Christian College to come out with these beliefs and discriminate against the LGBTQIA+ community."
Over 104,000 people sign petition
The contract sparked outrage, with almost 105, 000 people signing an online petition calling for the school to recall it.
The petition stated "Citipointe is using their religious beliefs to openly discriminate against queer and trans students, as well as threatening to take away their education."
“We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including but not limiting to adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, bisexual acts, bestiality, incest, paedophilia and pornography) is sinful and offensive to God and is destructive to human relationships and society," an exert of the agreement read.
"Citipointe is using their religious beliefs to openly discriminate against queer and trans students, as well as threatening to take away their education," the petition read, asking for people to sign.
Citipointe Christian College issues statement
In a statement released on Saturday night, Citipointe Christian College Principal, Pastor Brian Mulheran said the school has "always held" these Christian beliefs and they were trying to be “fair and transparent to everyone in our community” by making them clear in the enrolment contract.
“We are seeking to maintain our Christian ethos and to give parents and students the right to make an informed choice about whether they can support and embrace our approach to Christian education," he was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Citipointe does not judge students on their sexuality or gender identity and we would not make a decision about their enrolment in the College simply on that basis."
Citipointe teacher and mum resigns
In reaction to the contract teacher Helen Clapham Burns, who also had a student at the college in Year 11, resigned on Monday and withdrew her son from the school.
She told The Project having to leave her position was heartbreaking "but I have to let those queer kids know that there are Christians out there that love them."
According to the Brisbane Times, Queensland's Education Minister Grace Grace called the contract "concerning", saying the Education Department had received complaints and it would be examined by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board.
“It’s unacceptable for myself as a parent of a non-binary child and it’s very distressing," she said.
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