Students in Sydney, Australia were reportedly required to make pro-Black Lives Matter and anti-police posters in their classroom, which resulted in backlash from those concerned that it make cause children to not report abuse. The incidents occurred in grade 5 and 6 classrooms.
Lindfield Learning Village, a public K-12 school in North Sydney had one teacher assign students to make social justice posters that contained controversial anti-police and racist statements according to News 7 Australia. Some of the signs read, "Pigs out of the country," "Stop killer cops," and "white lives matter too much."
David Elliot, the New South Wales Minister of Police and Emergency Services slammed the assignment as "nothing short of indoctrination" while appearing on Sunrise Wednesday morning.
Elliot expressed his concern that this might stop school children from going to the police when they need help or are in danger, "This is the sort of education that you want to avoid, particularly at a time when we’re trying to tell our young people that if they’ve been sexually assaulted, if there’s been a breach in consent, if they’ve been involved or exposed to illicit drugs, the police are the people to trust."
"These posters should not be displayed in the classroom" Sarah Mitchell, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning told News 7 Australia. "Any teacher found to be politicizing the classroom will face disciplinary action" she continued.
Similar incidents have occurred across the world, teachers in Oregon were told that asking their students to "show their work" is "white supremacy." In New York, schools are telling white students and parents that they must work towards "white abolition."