With white males under siege in America, where U.S. senators publicly declare that they need not apply for key roles in the Biden administration with no consequences, the singling out of males is apparently not limited to the United States.
A Victorian school in Warrnambool, Australia, is catching heat after male students were forced to stand and publicly apologize for the sexual assaults caused by their gender.
Brauer College held an assembly last week where boys were instructed to stand in a symbolic gesture of apology to girls and women, the Daily Mail reported.
“They told us to stand up and turn to a girl in our class and say sorry,” a 12-year-old student named Levi said.
“I don’t think it’s okay to be sexually assaulted. I felt a bit under pressure to stand up and if I didn’t I felt like I was a bad person,” he added.
The exercise caused grief and trauma among some female students, according to a student named Vini, who said several girls in the hall began crying because they had been revealed in front of everyone as having been victims.
Vini said, “I had girls behind me crying because they’d basically been exposed to the entire school and we had to apologize for stuff we didn’t actually do.”
Some parents, like Danielle Shepard, were livid over the exercise.
“He said that he was made to stand up and basically apologize… it wasn’t explained properly to the male students what they were doing or why they were doing it,” she said of her son.
“They really should have made more of an effort to notify the parents,” Shepard told 7News.
Taking to Facebook, the mother wrote: “Wow just wow… this is actually disgusting Brauer College… not at all impressed that you made my son apologize for something he’s never done nor considered doing.”
Another mother had a different take, based on what her son told her.
“My son explained they stood not to apologize, but to stand in support and solidarity,” the parent wrote, according to the Mail.
Brauer College Principal Jane Boyle admitted that the “well-intended” exercise was “inappropriate.”
“Schools play an important role in the promotion of safety and respect of all students, and discussions in schools around respect towards girls and women are a key part of this vital work,” she said in a statement, according to 7News.
Boyle said the assembly was used to discuss respect for women and the importance of responding to and reporting incidents of inappropriate behavior.
“The assembly included the screening of a video message by Brisbane Boys’ College Captain Mason Black about being proactive in stopping incidents of sexual assault and harassment,” the release said. “As part of this discussion boys were asked to stand as a symbolic gesture of apology for the behaviors of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women.”
“In retrospect, while well-intended, we recognize that this part of the assembly was inappropriate.”
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