A Melbourne principal wanted to make a powerful speech about the Christchurch terror attacks when he used racial slurs and discussed his family’s Nazi connections at a school assembly.
Brighton Secondary College principal Richard Minack on Friday appeared as a witness at a Federal Court trial brought by five former students against him, the school, teachers and the state of Victoria.
The students allege they experienced anti-Semitic bullying, discrimination and negligence at the school between 2013 and 2020, which has been denied by all respondents.
Mr Minack told the court he wanted to make a “powerful instructive speech” for the anniversary of the 2019 Christchurch mass shootings, when he gave a speech that offended students.
He said he wanted students to think about “how these things might possibly come out and make them vigilant to these processes”.
“I wanted to make a speech that was really authentic and powerful,” he said.
“So I decided to share some of my own personal family history with the school, which I had not done before.”
In the speech Mr Minack discussed how his father had fought for the German army during World War II and used the N-word.
Asked about why he did this, he said a Brighton school alumni had told him the school’s uniform in the 1950s had the colours of “Nigger brown” and “Chinaman yellow”.