28 Jun 2013

Human rights implications for school balls

10:04 pm on 28 June 2013

The Secondary Principals Association is warning its members they could breach the Human Right Act by not allowing students to take same sex partners to school balls.

In 2011, a Wellington pupil was told he could not take a former student to the St Patrick's College.

Association president Tom Parsons highlighted the issue in a newsletter to principals on Thursday.

Mr Parsons outlined possible unlawful discrimination under the act if students were stopped taking a same sex partner.

He said the reminder was directed at new principals in particular to clarify the issue and prevent any adverse effects before they happen.