If you are looking for costume ideas for book week this year, these are probably the costumes you want to avoid.
A student dressed as Adolf Hitler for Book Week caused a stir when he was awarded a best dressed prize at a special assembly.
The worst part? He was awarded best dressed in front of Jewish exchange students from Melbourne who were visiting the Alice Springs school in 2016.
St Philip’s College principal Roger Herbert said it was an error in judgment and apologies had been made to the exchange students who were visiting at the time, the ABC reported.
“We got them together and apologised and they were fantastic, absolutely fantastic, and accepting,” Mr Herbert told the ABC.
“We also contacted the school to say look, this had happened, please understand.”
The student had sought approval to dress as Hitler from a teacher prior to arriving at the school in the costume.
“In a busy school, this student did go to a respected staff member said ‘is this OK?’ and the staff member said ‘yes’,” Mr Herbert said.
“Now she is absolutely shattered that she said that, and I’m really concerned about her wellbeing.”
A statement from a St Philip’s College spokesman to news.com.au in 2016 read: “This was an innocent mistake by a teacher who is a respected, honourable and lovely person who got it wrong on the day.
“The student involved has an interest in history and politics and did the right thing by getting permission for his ‘book week’ costume.
“We are reviewing our policies on these kind of events to ensure that nothing like this can happen again.
“The school is providing support and assistance to the teacher, the student, and their family. It has been a very distressing lesson for all concerned.”
A Perth father was also slammed in the past for posting a photo on Facebook of his son dressed as former AFL player Ben Cousins — complete with white powder around his nose and eyes rolled back in his head.
An Aboriginal mother also published photos of her daughter in ‘whiteface’ to highlight the double standards that are inflaming racial debates in Australia.
Maybe avoid these costumes for book week 2018!
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