Gun and slogan start war

Sally and Ross Hopper and the gun reading “bring on the towel heads”.
Sally and Ross Hopper and the gun reading “bring on the towel heads”.

A WAR of words has broken out in Maleny over the slogan "bring on the towel heads", which was written on a gun in public view opposite the Maleny State High School.

Landowner Ross Hopper said he had received "more compliments than complaints" about the gun, which has been there for about five years.

But Colin Peters, who regularly walks past the site, said he found the words "disturbing" and "in your face".

"It's got 'beware of the towel heads' highly visible from the road ... the gun barrel is also visible from the school," Mr Peters said.

"I would say it's been on there since the gun was wherever it served during the war. But why store it where it's highly visible and kids going to the high school can see it?

"I know it was a sentiment expressed in war, but I don't think it's appropriate in this day and age."

School principal Brian King said while the words were "probably not appropriate", his students were educated to be "tolerant and understanding" of the context in which they were written.

Mr Hopper said the gun, mounted on the back of a ute, would stay where it was.

"People are just getting too politically correct these days," he said.

"We've had more compliments on it - and it's won several ute competitions before."

Mr Hopper said the issue was about "freedom of speech" and the gun would not be moved.

"There are too many people who bring their rules over here and tell us what we can and can't say," he said.

"People are saying don't upset the Muslims, don't do this, don't do that ... how people take it is up to them."

Topics:  maleny racism school

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