Australian schoolgirl threatened with suspension after refusing to stand for national anthem

Australian schoolgirl threatened with suspension after refusing to stand for national anthem

Australian schoolgirl threatened with suspension after refusing to stand for national anthem

Nine-year-old Harper Nielson claimed on The Project that "Advance Australia Fair" was originally written to mean advancing white Australia.

She took to social media to express her outrage - and blame Harper's parents.

Others, such as Australian journalist and television host Georgie Gardner, praised Harper for her "strength and character".

The grade 4 student said the decision to take a stand by sitting down was made "mostly" by herself, but she did discuss the subject with her parents, who say they could "not be more proud" of their daughter's actions.

"We have talked through those thing with [Harper] and she understands that there's diversity of opinion out there", Mark said on Wednesday.

Moving forward, school officials are now giving Harper two options, the BBC reported Tuesday, citing Queensland state education officials: Either she stands in the hallway outside the classroom during the singing of the anthem, or she can decline to sing the song but stand out of respect.

Her protest also drew comparisons with the U.S. sportsman Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to highlight social and racial injustice in the United States.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday insisted it was a matter for the school, the student and her parents to solve.

She also said that "it was time to raise awareness".

"When it says "we are young" it completely disregards the indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years".

She added: "I just imagine what it would feel like for all of your friends to be singing the anthem if you were an indigenous person, that makes me determined to keep going".

Harper Nielson has made a protest at her Kenmore South State School against Advance Australia Fair, saying it is not inclusive of indigenous Australians.

Controversial right-wing senator Pauline Hanson labelled Harper a brat.

"I'm angry about this ..."

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Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the girl should "follow the rules" and that, "it's just a sign of good manners and courtesy to stand for the national anthem". She attacked the nine-year-old's parents, saying: "I tell you what, I'd give her a kick up the backside".

"Stop the silly protest and stand and sing proudly..."

Harper's father Mark Nielsen said they had met with the school's principal but they remained at loggerheads.

In a statement, the Queensland Department of Education said the school had never suggested Nielsen would be expelled or suspended for refusing to stand during the anthem.

The college has offered Harper to traipse away the college corridor while the anthem is being carried out.But the defiant pupil has refused to elevate out so, to do her level.In a blistering tweet, Opposition MP Jarrod Bleijie slammed Harper as a "brat".The college has offered Harper to traipse away the college corridor while the anthem is being carried out.

"State schools set out clear standards of behaviour that they expect from their students in their responsible behaviour plan for students", a spokesperson said.

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