A primary school has renamed its Mother’s Day stall because they don’t wish to offend families who don’t have mums.
Melbourne’s Brunswick East Primary School has gone viral after it pledged it “no longer subscribe to a binary world.”
In the past, the primary school had been hosting a Mother’s Day fundraising stall where children could buy items such as candles, mugs, soaps, or trinkets for their mothers.
This year, the school’s administration has decided to rename the stall because several families were offended by it.
Now, children can buy gifts not only for their mothers but for any “special person” in their lives.
While the school’s actions have been praised by some parents, others slammed the school saying they were diminishing the role of a mother in a family.
“I am sorry that in the past we have offended some members of our community and I hope that this acknowledgment goes some way to address any hurt which has occurred in the past,” Principal Janet Di Pilla expressed, addressing the parents in a newsletter.
“I sincerely hope that this change in name will show that we as a community recognize that our families are not made up of any particular combination of people and that we no longer subscribe to a binary world.”
In response to the changes, Australian Liberty Alliance, a right-wing political party, shamed the school’s decision and wrote: “We believe the natural family is the core building block of human society and must be protected.”
While some parents lashed out at the principal, others backed up the school’s controversial decision.
“Some kids, for whatever reason, may not have a mother in their lives, so I don’t mind if they broaden the stall so those kids feel included,” one parent said in an interview with the Herald Sun.
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