I still can’t believe it. In this day and age, what I’ve been seeing and hearing from the news has unfortunately knocked on my doorstep.
What respectable human being would do that to another one? No one. They’re just uncivilised idiots. But it hurts.
It only happened on 11th May and the student got suspended next day but only for two days.
On the 12th May, the same friend group decided to get a rise out of me during class by making racist comments. Mind you the lesson was about Australian Tourism and they made blatant comments that:
“People who migrate here aren’t considered Australians. They don’t belong here.”
“You shouldn’t be considered Australian because I’ve been here longer than you.”
“When did you come here Miss?”
Looking back at it now, these students were attacking me as a pair, 2-1. They know that I was born here, they have friends whose cultural background is not Anglo-Saxon and that there are other students in the same classroom who have migrated here within the past 3 years.
These were premeditated attacks. It was disrespectful. And I can’t believe they had the audacity to even think about saying this in class.
No one should be made to feel like they are not at home in the country they are in. Even though they’re in Year 11, I consider them juvenile, immature kids. And thank goodness for this perception because I would’ve been bawling on the floor right now. They need to know they are in the wrong and face the consequences.
I am honestly so glad there was another teacher in the room to witness this or it would have been my word against theirs.
After I shut down their conversation and said it was inappropriate and unrelated to the class content, I told them to think about their history and how Australia came to be in the first place.
Then this antagoniser further stated that he is part Aboriginal so he owns this land. He doesn’t even identify himself as ATSI on school records.
I ignored that comment because there is no getting through with their immaturity.
When I went to help the other students in the room, the other teacher heard how they continued to make racist comments and hatred for “the Chinese” and how they “can’t cook” and that we “shouldn’t have a Chinatown in Australia”. These were just some of his racially driven insults.
6 days later, after collating their ‘needed’ evidence, that student has been suspended for 4 days. I felt it could’ve been done in a more timely manner but at least we have reached an outcome.
The student who wrote me that harassment email returned from suspension and we had a mediation meeting which went really well. I can already tell he felt ashamed of himself and he was apologetic. As an adult, I’m glad he understood where he went wrong and we can now move past this.
I wonder if the other student will feel the same…