Gangs of armed men terrorise Calwell High

KevinPepper 26 February 2008 32

Canberra Times is reporting more trouble at Calwell High:

Violence Erupts at Calwell

Gangs of armed young men terrorising the school… Kids being beaten up walking home.. strangers coming into the school to cause trouble and start fights. Cars full of baseball bat weilding thugs circling the school.
WTF is going on at Calwell High and why can’t anything be done? Are things really as bad as reported or is it just a media beat up? The place is starting to sound like Western Sydney. Surely it can’t be that bad. What’s next, the Calwell Heights riots ala Macquarie Fields riots style?

[ED: ABC Online is also covering this with Andrew Barr saying that Calwell is safe.]

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32 Responses to Gangs of armed men terrorise Calwell High
hoolahawk hoolahawk 8:53 am 03 Mar 08

I remember a couple of times where groups of gangs turned up @ Chisholm high, in 89. It was a total shock to me. I remember thinking what a bunch of wankers haven’t they got anything better to do, apparently they did. Having there own bunch of delinquent’s to take over the family business (ie being wankers etc)

minime2 minime2 6:47 am 03 Mar 08

One thing that seems to be a bit of a change from our old school days… noticed a lot of cars hanging around colleges, ie: Dickson. Turns out they are the ex students .. drop outs usually who – despite choosing to leave – can’t let go ?
Of course they ar not “subject to school rules and discipline” so kinda catch up on old scores and pick up on their old hores. )changed to make it rhyme).

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 12:11 pm 02 Mar 08

Northside represent!

(some changes to make it rhyme a bit)

Out on bail fresh outta jail, Belconnen dreamin
Soon as I stepped on the scene, I’m hearin hoochies screamin
Fiendin for money and alcohol
the life of a west side playa where cowards die and its all ball
Only in Belco where we riot not rally to live and die
In L.A. we wearin Chucks not Ballies (that’s right)
Dressed in Locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do
Flossin but have caution we collide with other crews
Famous cause we program worldwide
Let’em recognize from Charnwood to Kaleen
Bumpin and grindin like a slow jam, it’s west side
So you know the row won’t bow down to no man
Say what you say
But give me that bomb beat down low.
Let me serenade the streets of Belco.
From Kippax to Florey
The Emu Ridge and back down
Belco is where they put they mack down

But in all seriousness – this kind of sh-t has been going on for ages, which is why the Canberra Times has only just figured it out. All those tough younger siblings of common thugs need to back their claims up sometimes, don’t they?

nyssa76 nyssa76 10:48 am 02 Mar 08

I hope Mr. Barr remembers this as next year starts the negotiations for teaching wages. Perhaps he’d like to stand guard?

Apparently WA teachers are on strike now for a 20% increase and your Govt held out for over a year for a mere 12% for ACT teachers – and we accepted their curriculum.

Ah baseball bats and assaults, yes that’s where the BIG money is….

minime2 minime2 1:32 am 02 Mar 08

Barr hiding under his puillow? If he had his face in his pillow that would be a private school.

Shannski Shannski 2:40 pm 01 Mar 08

Ahh Calwell… You are a crazy mistress who refused to be tamed… and how i miss you.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:09 am 29 Feb 08

Is Barr hiding under his pillow, or something???

Thumper Thumper 8:41 am 29 Feb 08

It’s all safe people.

Mr Barr said so.

nyssa76 nyssa76 7:38 am 29 Feb 08

la mente torbida, well that must have been in the 80’s because it’s all changed now.

Staff are leaving and the main reason is idiots at the helm making decisions without acknowledging the impact it would have at the chalkface.

neanderthalsis, when I was at Campbell High (as a student), we had a police officer attached to the school. It was a ‘new’ policy but by the middle of the 90’s, he was gone. It’s a shame because it did work.

sepi, there are 17 Govt high schools and I think 5 police 🙂

sepi sepi 1:16 pm 28 Feb 08

I’d say there are more schools than police in Canberra.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:37 am 28 Feb 08

ACT Policiing’s “Its Our Community Too” may not extend to Calwell High students and their families, possibly being seen as “the opposition”…

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:34 am 28 Feb 08

Many state high schools in QLD, especially those that have a bit of a “reputation”, have a police officer actually based in the school. Along with the usual breaking up fights and preventing armed thugs from coming on school grounds they have a pastoral care role too. They do a bit of counselling, give talks to classes, assist in the learner driver programs etc.

I don’t know whether the AFP in a moment of madness and community spirit would consider such a move.

Thumper Thumper 10:15 am 28 Feb 08

Weak people need weapons….and gangs

Well said Mr Man…

la mente torbida la mente torbida 9:55 am 28 Feb 08

I don’t necessarily disagree with your sentiments, however I don’t believe:
a) “it’s always stupid brown nosers that get promoted” … I’ve known a number of damn good teachers get promoted over the years;
b) “those who do their job well are treated as scum and usually are forced out of teaching” … again, a sweeping generalisation as I’ve known many good teachers that stay in the profession because of their committment to education.

nyssa76 nyssa76 5:04 pm 27 Feb 08

la mente torbida, I have issues when people don’t do their jobs properly and staff or students are injured/harassed etc. Besides, I was responding to a post by BerraBoy.

Now, if you see that as a waste of time, more power to you.

Those who are in the job usually have a better insight into the machinations than those outside it.

To say the school is “safe” when it is clearly not only shows inept behaviour and plain stupidity.

Danman Danman 1:29 pm 27 Feb 08

Ahh too many kiddies watching ‘underbelly’ it seems.

Back in my day (OMG, I’m saying that) it was fisticuffs… the cops are finding firearms in a vehicle that a youth detention escapee was found in.

Weak people need weapons….and gangs.

All I need is broad shoulders and a backbone

la mente torbida la mente torbida 12:14 pm 27 Feb 08

So do a lot of educators in the system…nyssa76’s previous posts on the subject just seem a little subjective…

Mælinar Mælinar 11:50 am 27 Feb 08

La mente – as somebody thats in the industry, I have a general expectation that Nyssa would know a little bit about it.

la mente torbida la mente torbida 11:44 am 27 Feb 08

nyssa76 – you really have some some issues with education

nyssa76 nyssa76 7:25 pm 26 Feb 08

Mike, it’s because saying it happened at a school sells.

BerraBoy, it’s always the brown nosers who do stupid things who are promoted.

Those who do their job well are treated as scum and usually are forced out of teaching by poor decisions and incompetant leadership.

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