Principal under fire after using racial slur during school assembly


A headmaster is under fire after using a racial slur at a school assembly in Melbourne.

Brighton Secondary College principal Richard Minack’s own words have landed him in hot water after using the slur not once, but three times during the assembly.

Mr Minack used n***** in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack to highlight insidious racism.

“Mission brown paint was originally called n***** brown paint,” the principal is heard saying in a recording of the assembly.

“So mission brown paint is only a tiny step in language away from n***** brown paint.”

Brighton Secondary College principal Richard Minack sent an email apologising to students after using the N-word at the assembly. Source: 7 News
Brighton Secondary College principal Richard Minack sent an email apologising to students after using the N-word at the assembly. Source: 7 News

About 1400 students were there, including the teen who egged Senator Fraser Anning after his comments in the wake of the Christchurch tragedy.

Many gasped in shock.

“You can’t say that in front of a school, especially one as multicultural as ours,” a student said.

Mr Minack later emailed students to apologise and explain.

Brighton Secondary College students gasped in shock during the assembly. Source: 7 News
Brighton Secondary College students gasped in shock during the assembly. Source: 7 News

“I hope you understand that I used it to call out and criticise racism and bigotry,” he said.

“Sometimes we have to use offensive words to explain why they are offensive.”

But now the slur is being used in the playground.

“I think their theory behind it is if the principal can say it, why can’t we?” the student said.

The Victorian Education Department said Mr Minack should not have used the offensive word.

The spokesman said the principal would be reminded to use appropriate language.

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