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Union calls for anti-vax principal threatening school shutdown to be sacked

Gareth Parker
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A Perth principal is threatening to shut down his school, the Divine Mercy College in Yangebup, due to his anti-vaccination stance according to a report from The West Australian.

Adam Zydek has reportedly taken legal advice to shut down the school, which has around 400 students and 50 staff, because he does not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The state government has mandated that all teachers and principals must be vaccinated by term one next year.

Independent Education Union WA Branch Secretary Rebecca Collopy said the principal’s position is “ridiculous”.

“I don’t really know where he’s coming from,” she said on 6PR Breakfast.

“He’s causing a lot of unnecessary stress and angst for people that don’t need it.

“They don’t need it anytime, but term four in a school is a really busy time, and they’re trying to finish the year off and they just don’t need this uncertainty or this stress.

“We’d actually call on the governing body to remove him as a principal.”

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Nelson, a parent of a child at the school, said he’s “angry” and “confused”.

“If the school’s going to close down where do I send my children to school,” he told Gareth Parker on 6PR Breakfast.

“My partner, she’s beside herself, not knowing exactly what’s going to happen with our children in terms of school.

“It’s just left us pretty angry, pretty confused, how do we get our children into another school”.

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Director General of Education Lisa Rodgers told Gareth Parker the decision to shut down a school is made by its governing body.

“It’s something that they can do, I’m really hoping that it doesn’t get to that,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to hearing what their position is by the end of the week.”

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