Monday, 28 Nov 2022

Queensland Christian school principal asked students if they knew unmarried teacher lived with boyfriend

Queensland Christian school principal asked students if they knew unmarried teacher lived with boyfriend


Queensland Christian school principal asked students if they knew unmarried teacher lived with boyfriend

Guardian Australia has seen emails and other information confirming that the principal of Livingstone Christian college, Stephen Wilson, launched an investigation into an allegation the teacher had breached her contract by telling a class that she was unmarried and lived with her partner.

The English teacher resigned soon after, saying she felt unable to remain at the school.

The teacher said she was aware the school had a lifestyle document for employees, relating to its Christian values.

But she said she was not asked about her private life when she was hired, more than a year earlier. Nor was she ever told that her private personal relationships would have any bearing on her employment.

Earlier this year, the teacher was summoned to a face-to-face meeting with Wilson. During the meeting, the principal said a family had alleged that the teacher had told a class she lived with her boyfriend, and asked students to keep that information confidential. She denied ever making such a statement to her class.

Wilson then asked the teacher directly about her current relationship status.

The teacher immediately left the meeting and asked Wilson to put the question in writing.

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