There is no doubting that some boys who were just out for a good time in Wagga made some questionable decisions late last week.
And the incident has posed more than its fair share of questions and backlash.
Some say the ‘politically incorrect’ themed party should never have existed while others say perhaps the costumes were acceptable but the images should not have made their way to social media.
The boys in the photos and the ones who posted them to social media sites have been barraged with abuse and their future at the university has come into question.
But instead of abusing those involved should we not take this as an opportunity to educate?
This is an example as to why education programs or classes should be run on racial sensitivity because what is humorous to some is offensive to others.
Is this a case of what we don’t know doesn’t hurt us?
If this party took place in private, if those in attendance were alright with the costumes and the images never made it to social media, would it then be ok?
Or should we be instilling into children and youth that this is just not acceptable behaviour?
The university was blamed for the actions of a few, even though it was not a university event and the photos were not taken on campus.
CSU, a reputable organisation that has been swept up as collateral damage, has been forced to defend itself.
They haven’t taken responsibility, and nor should they, but they have said this behaviour will not be tolerated from students.
It is assumed that blackface, KKK and Nazi costumes are not acceptable but does this incident show that we should be sitting students down and telling them why it’s not ok?
University is somewhere we encourage school leavers to explore and push boundaries but do we still need to tell them that there are some boundaries that should not be pushed?
It seems bizarre that in 2018 we need to think about sensitivity training with high school or university students but perhaps we should take a closer look at how we send these messages in schools.
To all teenagers or students looking to host a party, have fun but perhaps use your judgement to think about how that fun could affect others.