Mallacoota College investigated after ‘totally unacceptable’ sex doll incident on muck-up day

Victorian education officials are investigating after primary school children saw teachers and older students with an inflatable sex doll during a regional school’s muck-up day celebrations.

The Department of Education and Training has appointed an external law firm to investigate the end-of-year celebrations for year 12 students at Mallacoota College, about 600 kilometres east of Melbourne.

The town became known for the apocalyptic fire images during last summer’s bushfire season, which were broadcast across the world. Many town residents are still struggling to recover.

At the school’s muck-up day on November 6, it is alleged a student brought the female sex doll to the school.

The school has primary and secondary students aged from five to 18 years.

Teachers participated in activities with doll

The ABC understands several teachers, including the principal, were seen by many primary school students as young as five, with the doll during the school’s 55-minute lunch break.

Sources said the blow-up female doll had visible genitals and was tied to a pole during lunch break and had water and ice thrown on it.

The sources said students and at least one teacher rode on top of the sex doll down a children’s slide, and a female name was given to the doll.

A picture of school principal Tim Cashmore close to the doll, and with young primary school children nearby, was posted on social media but was later taken down.

A parent who did not want to be named told the ABC their young child had described the naked female doll to them in detail, saying the doll had “a lot of holes and lipstick”.

The parent said they were, “aghast and disgusted by the use of the sex doll in front of young children”.

Another parent said their primary school child told a teacher on the day that they needed to put clothes on the doll before the prep students saw it.

Mallacoota P12 College principal Tim Cashmore.(ABC Gippsland: Sarah Maunder)

Department launches investigation

Students’ parents were alerted to the muck-up day’s activities five days later when a letter, signed by both Mr Cashmore and the school council president Dani Morris, was sent out.

It is understood the department received at least 15 complaints from unhappy parents demanding answers.

On Monday, staff were told by senior departmental staff an inquiry was being held into the matter by a law firm and that Mr Cashmore was taking leave.

External acting principal David Mowbray has been appointed to take over, which the department says, “has the backing of the school’s leadership team and assistant principal”.

‘What the hell is going on at the school?’

School council member and parent Cate Tregellas said despite the letter to parents being co-signed by the council president, she knew nothing about it.

“I got a lot of texts, emails and phone calls from parents saying, ‘What the hell is going on at the school?'” she said.

“And I said, ‘Well, actually we don’t know.'”

The letter, seen by the ABC, stated that an “unknown student brought an inappropriate item to school” and this was “totally unacceptable”.

“We have spoken to the whole year 12 about this incident to ensure they understand why it is wrong,” the letter said.

Ms Tregellas said teachers and students told her they were appalled at the behaviour of the teachers who failed to stop students handling the doll and participated in the activities.

“Many of the students felt revolted and just didn’t know where to look,” she said.

Female students ‘demeaned’ by incident

Ms Tregellas says she does not blame the year 12 students, who are in the middle of final exams, and have been through a tough year after the bushfires destroyed more than 100 houses in the small town.

But she wants to know the teachers’ role in the incident.

“It wasn’t fun at all, especially for a lot of our female students.

“They just felt very demeaned by it.”

She wants more transparency around the department’s investigation and for the results to be publicly released.

Mr Cashmore declined to comment, but confirmed he was on leave.

A department spokesman confirmed it was making inquiries into the “circumstances around these events and the actions taken on the day”.

The spokesperson said the school taught Respectful Relationships sessions, a program teaching respect and equality and that it was supporting students to “ensure this incident does not distract from the hard work still to be done”.

It also said it was reaching out to students to make sure they had the support they needed.

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Tens of Thousands of Illegally Received Votes Totally and Easily Changing Pennsylvania Results, Trump Says

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While the vote counting still continues in the US, several key states, most notably Pennsylvania and Georgia, have recently flipped from leaning towards Trump to Biden over the course of the last few days.

US President Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of the practice of the state voting authorities receiving mail ballots after the polls closed on 3 November, arguing that these ballots were counted illegally and drastically changed the results of the election there, which are yet to be officially announced.


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Twitter asks ‘who wants to be transported OFF THIS PLANET’… gets over 10k comments totally not about NASA’s Mars mission — RT USA News

An attempt by Twitter to promote Thursday’s mission to Mars liftoff from Florida didn’t exactly go as planned, as people either showed they had no idea about the upcoming event or were only interested in trolling.

“Who wants to be transported off this planet?” the official Twitter account published on Wednesday. While the background of their avatar, featuring the famous bird, has been changed to resemble the surface of Mars and their profile banner now shows an image of a NASA rocket launching in space, the generic tweet went over most people’s heads.

It likely didn’t help that in a year filled with a pandemic that has no end in sight, an economic shutdown, record unemployment, rioting, bitter political arguments headed into a contentious presidential election, offering to transport people off this planet seems more a statement about the state of the world than a promotion of a space mission.

Twitter even went out of their way to remind people what the tweet was actually about by directly responding to some and putting images of their avatars in space suits.

“Yes please planet where no one cares about what you look like, what designer brands you do or don’t wear or have just blissful peace and good music!!!!, and a seaside with wine and crisps! too much to ask?” one user responded. 

“Not sure about the seaside, but Mars checks most of those boxes,” Twitter replied. 

The Mars name-drops happened multiple times with many still not seeming to get the hint.

Other tweets were what you find on Twitter on a typical day — Donald Trump bashing, mask virtue signaling, binary political disagreements, etc.

Considering mainstream media coverage surrounding the launch pales in comparison to the attention given to bickering between politicians and offensive tweets, it should come as no surprise how few actually know the event is even taking place. 

NASA’s rover Perseverance will be launched this Thursday and follow orbiters released by China and the United Arab Emirates, both sent out last week. The joint mission is being run by both NASA and the European Space Agency. 

It will take seven months for Perseverance to reach Mars where it will look for evidence of microscopic life. Any samples collected will be returned to Earth by 2031. 

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Donald Trump claims 99% of coronavirus cases are ‘totally harmless’ as US infections surge | US News

Donald Trump has claimed 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” after a surge of infections in the US.

In a speech at the White House on America’s Independence Day, the US president insisted his strategy to tackle COVID-19 was “moving along well” despite some states reporting record increases in cases.

He had earlier branded the virus a “terrible plague from China” and warned Beijing “must be held accountable” for its spread around the world.

Mr Trump insisted his strategy to tackle COVID-19 is ‘moving along well’

Mr Trump said the US has now tested almost 40 million people for coronavirus, and added: “By so doing, we show cases – 99% of which are totally harmless.

“Results that no other country can show because no country has testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of the quality.”

Mr Trump said the US is producing gowns, masks and surgical equipment which used to be “almost exclusively made in foreign lands, in particular China where ironically this virus and others came from”.

“China’s secrecy, deceptions and cover-up allowed it to spread all over the world – 189 countries,” he added.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump participate in an event on the South Lawn of the White House on July 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is hosting a "Salute to America" celebration that includes flyovers by military aircraft and a large fireworks display.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Mr Trump called COVID-19 ‘this terrible plague from China’

“China must be held fully accountable.”

In a video message posted on the White House’s Twitter account before his speech, Mr Trump claimed the US had been “doing better than any country had ever done in history… and then we got hit with this terrible plague from China”.

“Now we’re getting close to fighting our way out of it,” he said.

“We’re on the way to a tremendous victory.”

More than 2.8 million coronavirus cases have been recorded in the US, and nearly 130,000 people in the country have died with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Florida and Texas both reported record daily increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday – with nearly 20,000 additional infections combined.

During the first four days of July alone, a total of 14 states posted a daily record increases in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch as Thunderbirds and Blue Angels aircrafts flyover during the 2020 "Salute to America" event in honor of Independence Day on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 4, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
The US president and first lady watched a military flypast at the event

Florida’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state’s health department said.

It marked the second time in three days that its number of cases jumped by more than 10,000 in 24 hours.

In Texas, meanwhile, the number of new cases rose by a record 8,258 on Saturday.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Alabama all registered new daily highs on Friday.

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Sky News goes inside a Texas medical centre where doctors are braced for a huge influx of coronavirus patients due to lockdown measures being eased.

Despite the rising number of infections, the average daily US death toll has gradually declined in recent weeks, reflecting the growing proportion of positive tests among younger, healthier people less prone to severe illness when infected.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Saturday a record rise in global coronavirus cases over a 24-hour period.

A total of 212,326 infections were recorded, with the biggest rise in cases coming in the US, Brazil and India.

In total, 10.9 million cases have been recorded globally and 523,011 people have died, the WHO said.

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Has he totally stacked it?

Good morning, early birds. Calls for Victorian cabinet minister Adem Somyurek to step down and potentially face criminal investigation over branch stacking allegations, and in the US Atlanta’s police chief has resigned following another police shooting. It’s the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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