He could have just apologised, but instead:
John Key disputes claims he said Maori language month would be ‘boring’
The Prime Minister disputes a teenager’s claims that he said a Maori language month would be “boring”.
John Key was alleged to have made the comment, which “upset and embarrassed” a 16-year-old girl when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College in South Auckland, last week.
“I did not say that,” he told TVNZ.
Well he would deny it wouldn’t he.
Classmate Trent Brown Marsh, 16, said the girl was in tears after assembly and was considering taking time off school because she felt embarrassed. He said his friend was “basically laughed at”. “She’s still upset. She doesn’t want to go back to school,” Brown Marsh said. “John Key made the whole school laugh in a rude way.”
Whatever the exact phrasing it is clear that Key was insensitive. It shouldn’t be hard to find more pupils willing to comment if any journalist looks in to it. Or Key could just do the decent thing and apologise.