Dozens of Australian elite schools are facing a racism scandal as thousands of their students have joined a hate group on Facebook that asks immigrants to get out of the country.
The group's page, which features a picture of the Australian flag with the words "F*** off we're full" written across it, tells non-English speakers "if you wanna speak your crappy language, go back to were (sic) you came from", News.com.au reports.
AdvertisementThe group called, "Mate speak English, you're in Australia now." has more than 5000 members, and it is growing by more than 300 people a day.
The group includes students from Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar, Geelong Grammar, Trinity Grammar, Lauriston, Mentone Grammar, Ivanhoe Grammar, Camberwell Grammar, and Haileybury as well as a number of Victorian government schools.
Anti-racism groups and school principals have condemned the site, and urged Facebook to delete it.
Its provocative and poorly spelled page features racist rants against Muslims, non-English speakers and migrants.
A 16-year-old Berwick Secondary College student revealed that the group was founded by his friends a few months ago as a joke after hearing other languages spoken on trains.
He said they made him an administrator, but he now bitterly regretted his involvement with the group.
The youth said he had contacted Facebook three times asking for the page to be deleted.
"I've got friends from all different cultures. People started posting racist stuff. When I caught on, that's when I exited. Because there are no administrators left, only Facebook can delete it," he said.
Principal Ross Bevege of Berwick Secondary College said the site was disgusting and offensive and that he had contacted a student's parents about his involvement.
Dr Chris Hayes, Principal of Xavier College, said: "The school abhors this sort of behaviour because it goes against everything the school stands for."