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Grade School Principal Protects First Graders From Offensive ‘Gay’ Song About a Bird

“Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree,” which a newspaper needs to tell me is a classic Australian song about a bird, has been rewritten for students at Cheltenham’s Lepage Primary in Victoria. The lyrics go like this: “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree / Merry merry king of the bush is he / Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra / Gay your life must be!” But for school kids, the last line is now, “Fun your life must be.” Principal Garry Martin says the new words for first graders says he didn’t want the word “gay” to somehow be twisted into bullying kids. The song “uses gay and I just suggested to kids, ‘Nowadays that can mean different things, so let’s just sing a fun old time.'”