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Singleton High School apologises after teacher goes on a 'racist rant' about Aboriginal people

A high school teacher went on a racist rant to her class about Aboriginal people taking money from the government while living in housing commissions. 

The teacher at Singleton High School, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, made the derogatory comments during a year nine cooking class last Tuesday. 

Mary Franks, whose Aboriginal daughter was in the class, said four indigenous students were upset by the remarks and immediately left the classroom. 

‘The teacher’s turned around and said the best thing to happen to Aboriginal people is the European colonisation,’ Ms Franks told the ABC.  

‘My beautiful, brave 14-year-old daughter stopped at the door of the classroom … and said, ‘what you’re saying is wrong, you have no idea what it’s like to be Aboriginal, you’ve got no right to say what you’re saying’.’ 

Mary Franks (pictured), whose indigenous 14-year-old daughter was in the class, said four Aboriginal students were upset by the remarks and immediately left the classroom

Mary Franks (pictured), whose indigenous 14-year-old daughter was in the class, said four Aboriginal students were upset by the remarks and immediately left the classroom 

The teacher at Singleton High School (pictured), in the NSW Hunter Valley, made the derogatory comments during a year nine cooking class last Tuesday

The teacher at Singleton High School (pictured), in the NSW Hunter Valley, made the derogatory comments during a year nine cooking class last Tuesday

‘To which the teacher smiled in my daughter’s face and replied: ‘Look how white you are, no one is even going to know you’re Aboriginal’.’ 

It’s alleged the teacher, whose name hasn’t been revealed, also said indigenous Australians live in state housing and take money from the government. 

Ms Franks said the students watched a PowerPoint presentation on diversity in the school earlier that day. 

The Department of Education confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that the teacher has been taken off classroom duties after students and parents complained to the school.

‘The school received complaints that a teacher had made racist comments during a lesson on diversity,’ a statement read. 

‘The complaints were immediately followed up with the school’s Anti Racism Contact Officer and senior staff, the school met with the family, and support was arranged for students.

‘The teacher apologised for her comments to the class, student and her family.’ 

The Department said it is investigating the matter and the teacher is on alternate duties until investigations are complete. 

But Ms Franks said an apology simply isn’t enough, and called for the teacher to be suspended. 

Her daughter was told she did not have to attend the class for the remainder of the term. 

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