A PROMINENT NSW state high school has been accused of trying to influence the federal election by posting an anti-John Howard slogan in its grounds.
Parents and senior Coalition figures yesterday slammed the message on the school's external notice board which reads: "We are a society, not just an economy."
They claimed the sign at Riverside Girls High in Gladesville on Sydney's lower North Shore was part of a statewide campaign in schools by the Iemma Government against the Howard-led Coalition.
Riverside principal Judy King, who has just won an award for meritorious service to public education, last night came under attack over the sign.
Parent Peter Colsell accused Ms King of taking politics too far. "This is an example of this principal politicising the students under her care," Mr Colsell said.
"This is not the first time she has done it ... there have been diatribes against the Liberal Party at Year 12 graduations.
"My daughter complained about it. It all adds up to trying influence young minds."