Year 9 Maryborough student Phillip Alberts.
Year 9 Maryborough student Phillip Alberts. Alistair Brightman

Department still looking into alleged racial slur

AN INVESTIGATION by the education department is continuing into a claim made by an Indigenous Australian Aldridge State High School student that a teacher allegedly called him "black boy" in the school yard.

It has been a week since 15-year-old Phillip Alberts was suspended from school for swearing at a teacher.

Phillip said he swore at the teacher because he allegedly said to the grade nine student "come here black boy" in the playground at lunchtime.

After Phillip's parents Lyn and Russell Miller spoke to the school's deputy principal, an investigation was opened by the Department of Education and Training into the accusation.

A spokesman from the DETE told the Chronicle yesterday the Department expected all employees to "conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner."

He said all possible breaches of the Code of Conduct standards were referred to the Ethical Standards Unit, and the department could not comment further until the investigation had concluded.



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