A number of school bus drivers in Melbourne, Australia have been handing out anti-gay leaflets disguised as Christmas presents.
To the anger of many parents, these anti-equal marriage leaflets came home with their children after they got off their school buses. The kids were given golden envelopes with a note attached reading: “To the wonderful people who care for me everyday! Merry Christmas”. But inside was a leaflet from Marriage Alliance, an anti-LGBT group.
As many as 10 drivers are believed to have been involved. The students in question were from Kyabram P-12 College, north of Melbourne. The incident occurred on Wednesday.
Worryingly, it’s also been reported that members of the Marriage Alliance group had been boarding the buses to hand out their leaflets. This means unknown adults were allowed in the children’s buses.
“That’s alarming in itself. They let anyone on the school bus,” said one child’s sister.
Stuart Bott, Kyabram College head teacher, told parents the leaflets did not represent the school’s position on same-sex marriage. He did, however, confirm that a “member of the community” had given out the leaflets to the bus drivers.
“To do that around Christmas and to disguise the information in the form of a present is foul,” said LGBT rights advocate Damien Stevens.
“The parents have opened it up in front of the child, the child says ‘what is this’, and then they have a conversation about it.”