Parents Of Sydney Private School Boys Defend Gross Muck Up Day Pranks With #ProudShoreMums
The hashtag was instantly derailed, of course.
Parents of teenage boys who attend Shore, an elite Sydney private school, are reportedly defending their children from criticism after a vile muck up day challenge sheet went viral. Naturally, their hashtag of choice #ProudShoreMums has been overwhelmed with jokes.
Last week, a “Triwizard Shorenament” scavenger hunt circulated online, created by year 12 students at the $33,000 a year school in Sydney’s North Shore.
Points were awarded for a variety of acts, such spitting on homeless people, ‘sack whacking’ or ‘decking’ a complete random, shitting on a Sydney train, or having sex with a woman over 40-years-old or a “3/10 or under”.
It was first reported on by the Sydney Morning Herald, and featured a denouncement from the school and police, with many pointing out that the cops wouldn’t talk about ‘not spoiling the fun’ if this came from a Western Sydney school.
lol the cops would not go this easy if these kids were Black or Middle Eastern or from western Sydney. Can you imagine 😬 pic.twitter.com/KfzbWolurj
— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) September 22, 2020
Now, the Herald has a follow-up, with reporter Andrew Taylor speaking to several Shore mums who think their boys are being unfairly targeted on social media and in public, with one parent saying several students were “verbally abused” on the way to school last week.
According to Taylor, private Facebook groups such as ‘North Shore Mums’ are full of heated debates, as parents defend their children and Shore from accusations that the school breeds entitled and misogynistic men.
This includes the hashtag #ProudShoreMums, which, of course, has now found a new life on Twitter from those less-than-sympathetic to their defense.
I'm a #ProudShoreMum and my little Merrick is a good boy, every Sunday he gives alms to the public school children out the window of our BMW
— Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) September 27, 2020
i'm a #ProudShoreMum because when my gorgeous tramwald lures the neighbours' bichon frise into the cellar to exsanguinate it he uses organic chorizo offcuts as bait
— ringworm (@prawn_meat) September 27, 2020
I’m a #proudshoremum. My young Chadleigh is a good lad, always volunteering to help the poors and reminding them to pull up their socks. He already has a job secured at his father’s firm when he finishes uni, so he’s not even doing it for his CV!
— Bren (@brencarruthers) September 27, 2020
I’m a #proudshoremum too – if it wasn’t for Shore Boys, my shark-eyed son, Benkely Withins the Third, would never have learned how to fake real human emotions with such breathtaking accuracy, and might never have stopped lurking in the corner of my bedroom at night
— Patrick Lenton (@PatrickLenton) September 27, 2020
After the hashtag trended on Australian Twitter on Sunday, the Herald has responded Monday with an editorial under an anonymous ‘Herald View’ byline titled: “The teenage brain is a work-in-progress. Remember that when blaming the Shore students“.
Given the incarceration rate of Indigenous youths for far more minor crimes than anything listed on that sheet, it’s telling that the paper feel the need to make a stance on lenience purely in relation to Shore boys.
Private school students can expect this kind of cover, meanwhile there‘s 100s of Aboriginal kids in prison for as little as stealing food pic.twitter.com/6YGth0TJlK
— Joshua Badge (@joshuabadge) September 28, 2020
Where’s this article for all the Aboriginal boys & girls when they get sent to gaol for minor offences!
Aboriginal Elders View https://t.co/WxHaF72GHO
— 👣 🌏 💫 Paul Dutton 🌳 🦅 🐾 (@pauldutton1968) September 27, 2020
But 10 year old Black kids are not a work in progress, right? https://t.co/uZ1j2HXJph
— Cin 🖤💛❤️ (@gotsthebug) September 27, 2020
A Tale of Two Australias pic.twitter.com/36lNS5j2uG
— Ophelia Kraken 🌸🦑🌼 (@mardi_oh) September 28, 2020
It’s almost like the Herald unearthed an incendiary story, wrote a follow-up detailing the immense privileged bubble these children live in, and then, after generating further backlash, decided to create more to continue the clicks nearly a week after the story first broke.
Meanwhile, they’ve also published an op-ed from an ‘old boy’ alum who directly states that the school itself is teaching these students to use their privilege as a weapon.
“I feel a deep sadness for all those Shore students, on the verge of entering the adult world with all the wrong messages about what it takes to be a man,” writes Rob Sturrock. “Many of them will carry unhealthy attitudes and values forward into universities, workplaces, relationships and family homes. They’ll harbour unconscious biases that may take decades to confront.”
Find a few more #ProudShoreMum’s below.
Is the SMH Editor, a #ProudShoreMum?
— 💧Johny Miller (@jmil400) September 27, 2020
I’m a #ProudShoreMum . Sometimes I let William and Lachlan rough it by taking the Audi when they’re designated driver going to Greenwood on a Thursday night instead of the Lexus
— Social Kris-tancing (@DesignedToFade) September 27, 2020
As a #proudshoremum I'm just so happy these boys are prepping for Liberal Party selection without prompting. I can only hope my darling Tarquin follows their example
— Susan Aboriginal lives matter (@susandsea) September 27, 2020
Q: What's the collective noun for a Group of #ProudShoreMums?
A: A privilege https://t.co/3omIuAOlLm
— Richard Forrester – Anti Fascist FFS #WearAMask (@RichForrest2) September 27, 2020
as a #proudshoremum i want everyone to know that this is a representation of our society as a whole and specifically affluent white neighbourhoods such as those of the northern suburbs with their disdain to any minority. also smoking weed on the harbour bridge is cool
— carcass' swansong did nothing wrong (@eenfish) September 26, 2020