Safe Schools Program Promoter: Roz Ward departs La Trobe University following program’s scrapping

Safe Schools Program Promoter: Roz Ward departs La Trobe University following program’s scrapping, by Rebecca Urban.

Ms Ward, who managed the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria until the state government took it over in March, has been on an unofficial roadshow promoting the program regardless, and was due to brief clinicians at the state’s newest children’s hospital last week before withdrawing.

She also has left La Trobe University, which suspended her for alleged misconduct last year before reinstating her following legal threats, announcing the move on social media on June 8. …

According to Ms Ward, the often-cited claim that 10 per cent of people were likely to be attracted to their own sex — a figure Safe School’s materials also relied upon — was a “joke”. “It’s more like 40-50 per cent of young people who are not ­exclusively attracted to the opposit­e sex,” she said. “That’s how fluid sexuality is headed.

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Ms Ward, a LGBTI activist and Marxist, courted controversy for politicising Safe Schools, which initially was billed as an anti-bullying program aimed at high-school students. It sparked a backlash when its origins in queer theory became known, including its promotion of gen­der as “non-binary” or “fluid”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil