1. Islamic School in Victoria bans girls from running.
Girls at the Islamic Schools of Victoria, Al-Taqwa College, outside Melbourne have been banned from running at sporting events because the principal believes it may cause them to lose their virginity.
The Age reports that a former teacher has written to the education ministers claiming female students were being discriminated against.
“The principal holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they may ‘lose their virginity’,” the letter says.
“The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile.”
Another letter written by students to the Principal says “It was really shocking to find out it has been cancelled because of the excuse girls can’t run,” the students said.
“Just because we are girls doesn’t mean we can’t participate in running events. It also doesn’t say girls can’t run in the hadith (the sayings of Muhammad).”
The Age reports that the Principal Omar Hallak prevented the female primary school cross-country team from participating in a 2013 and 2014 district event.
Another former Al-Taqwa College teacher told The Age “I was told the girls weren’t allowed to participate. The reason was they might over-exert themselves and lose their virginity or be rendered infertile.”
2. Person of interest in William Tyrell case to appear in court on unrelated charges.
63-year old washing machine repairman, Bill Spedding will appear in court today after he was charged last night with a series of alleged historical child sex offences.
Spedding had previously been investigated over a link to the disappearance of missing 3-year old William Tyrell.
He was charged with five counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10 years, and two counts of common assault.
The State Crime Command investigators allege the offences were committed against two girls, aged three and six, in 1987 in Sydney’s Campbelltown area.
He was refused bail.
Strike Force Rosann Commander, Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin, stressed the charges do not relate to the ongoing William Tyrrell investigation.
3. Super storm death toll rises to eight.
The death toll from the storm which pummelled Sydney, the Hunter and the Central Coast since Monday has now risen to eight after a man died when his ute and a garbage truck collided in the Sydney suburb of Galston, and an 87-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a car in East Gosford.
Two people were also killed on the New England Highway near Singleton yesterday.
An 86-year-old woman died when she became trapped in her car in floodwaters near Maitland yesterday. Police recovered her body and her car late yesterday.