‘Never again’: Citipointe College parents lodge legal complaints

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Parents from Citipointe Christian College, which received national backlash over its anti-LGBT enrolment contract, are lodging discrimination complaints with the Queensland Human Rights Commission.

In February, the Carindale school in Brisbane’s east caused outrage after demanding families sign the enrolment contract.

The revised document required families denounce homosexuality and bisexuality as “sinful”, alongside bestiality, incest and pedophilia. The contract also required students identify by their sex assigned at birth, or face “exclusion” from the school.

The school later withdrew the contracts and then-principal Brian Mulheran stood down.

On Thursday, parents and former students of the college will file discrimination complaints with the Queensland Human Rights Commission over the contract.

Mum Janina Leo spoke out in February that she’d taken her children out of the school. One of Leo’s children, a former Citipointe student, identifies as transgender.

The mum said she was devastated to read the school’s enrolment contract earlier this year.

“I was heartbroken that the identity of my daughter Emmey, and others like her, would not be recognised and supported by the school,” she said.

“Every child deserves to be treated with dignity and respect when they walk through the school gate, and to be supported to learn, grow and to be who they are.

“I had no choice but to remove my children from Citipointe.

“I would not sign a contract that supported discrimination against my own child and other LGBTIQ+ children.”

Citipointe College contract must ‘never happen again’ at any school

Helen Clapham-Burns (pictured above), a former teacher and a parent of a student at the school, quit her job and withdrew her son from the school earlier this year.

Speaking about the complaint, she said it was important to ensure this incident would “never happen again”.

“As a Christian educator, my faith informs my duty of care to provide love and safety for all students. No exceptions,” she said.

“The events that took place at Citipointe were in direct opposition to that calling.

“We need to make sure this can never happen again. Not at Citipointe. Not in any school in Australia.”

Queensland’s LGBTI+ Legal Service are supporting the Citipointe families’ complaints.

The service’s Matilda Alexander said those involved have “suffered greatly due to these actions.”

“These children will bear the scars for many years to come,” Alexander said.

“The groundswell of support that our clients received, including from communities of faith, shows just how out of touch Citipointe’s views are.”

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Jordan Hirst
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