Hwa Chong Institution Strips Counselor Who Spread False Information About LGBT Community Of All Offices
A school counselor at the prestigious Hwa Chong Institution who disseminated false statistics about the LGBT community has been suspended from all duties.
HCI previously banned the unidentified teacher from leading future sex ed classes after a slide from a presentation he gave to students containing a number of lies about the LGBT community was leaked online last month.
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing wrote yesterday in response to parliamentary questions that the school was monitoring the welfare of students and offering support to those who were traumatized by the counsellor’s presentation. The school is also reviewing its curriculum to align with Ministry of Education guidelines.
“The school also emphasized the importance of respect and care for all members of the school community,” Chan wrote.
The presentation, which was shown to a class of 16-year-olds, included fake statistics touting absurd claims linking homosexuality to pedophilia, alcoholism and rape. The invented numbers were traced to a Twitter troll account.
A so-called conversion therapy video from a local Christian organization was also released.
After photos of the presentation went viral on social media, the school released a statement saying it was not endorsed by faculty and was not representative of the school’s values.
Women’s rights group AWARE recently launched an online sex education website linking to various sex-related resources in response to the incident.
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