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Police Wrap – 16 April

By johnboy - 16 April 2009 29

1. Do you know where your children are?

    ACT Policing has summonsed a 34-year-old south Canberra woman over allegedly failing to ensure the compulsory attendance of her three children at school.

    She will be charged with three counts under Section 11 (3) of the ACT Education Act 2004.

    This follows an incident on April 6 in which police found a seven-year-old boy riding his bike on a suburban street during school hours. Subsequent enquiries at the school found that the boy and his two siblings, aged 6 and 11, had attended less than a quarter of their possible maximum of 43 days of the previous term.

    The most full days attended during the term by any one of the children was 13.

    The mother of the children has been summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday, April 17.

    This offence carries a maximum penalty of $500.

2. Griffith Stabbing:

    ACT Policing has arrested a man after a stabbing which occurred in Light Street, Griffith, yesterday (April 15).

    Around 11pm yesterday police received reports of an altercation between two men at Stuart Flats during which a 42-year-old Griffith man was allegedly stabbed a number of times. A third man who was also present suffered a broken arm after allegedly being hit with a piece of wood. Both victims were conveyed to the Canberra Hospital.

    AFP Forensic Services attended the scene and investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are continuing.

    A 36-year-old Griffith man was arrested at the scene and is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (April 17).

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29 Responses to
Police Wrap – 16 April
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:16 am 17 Apr 09

Perhaps we need a sponsored school bus to pick them up, like the kids at special schools have.

Sponsored by the RiotACT?

Pommy bastard 7:54 am 17 Apr 09

Ian said :

Of course, it will always be someone else’s fault, not the irresponsible parent/s.

+1

And if we provide services, and support, and benefits, and extra tuition, and childcare, and etc etc , then this parent may be able to absovle themselves of responsibility totally.

Sod the hard working grafters who do their best, it’s those who do, and contribute, the least who are most deserving of public help…

Spideydog 12:09 am 17 Apr 09

Deadmandrinking said :

It doesn’t say she does anywhere, Vandam. For all we know, she could be a single mother working impossible shifts to keep them fed. If she’s not, you’d think there’d be some kind of drug or mental issues that she needs real support for (not just throwing money at her support).

Maybe someone could actually talk to the kids and find out what their problem with school is.

Oh DMD …… shakes my head !!!???

vandam 11:41 pm 16 Apr 09

Deadmandrinking said :

It doesn’t say she does anywhere, Vandam. For all we know, she could be a single mother working impossible shifts to keep them fed. If she’s not, you’d think there’d be some kind of drug or mental issues that she needs real support for (not just throwing money at her support).

Maybe someone could actually talk to the kids and find out what their problem with school is.

DMD, On good information. She does not work and has no excuse for taking her kids to school. ACT education and Child Protective services have done nothing (They are involved). The school is helpless and trying to look for answers. Its about time that irresponsible mothers take responsibility for their actions. The poor kids deserve more.

Ian 10:52 pm 16 Apr 09

Of course, it will always be someone else’s fault, not the irresponsible parent/s.

BerraBoy68 10:38 pm 16 Apr 09

What a wonderful caring mother. I note there’s no mention of the father(s) though…

Fiona 10:00 pm 16 Apr 09

and then you have people approved to “homeschool” who clearly shouldn’t be…

willo 9:28 pm 16 Apr 09

i’d be interested to learn the identity of the bloke that was stabbed in griffith….any chance names will be released?

sepi 9:18 pm 16 Apr 09

Wouldn’t life be easier for this woman if her kids were at school?

Perhaps we need a sponsored school bus to pick them up, like the kids at special schools have.

Deadmandrinking 5:00 pm 16 Apr 09

It doesn’t say she does anywhere, Vandam. For all we know, she could be a single mother working impossible shifts to keep them fed. If she’s not, you’d think there’d be some kind of drug or mental issues that she needs real support for (not just throwing money at her support).

Maybe someone could actually talk to the kids and find out what their problem with school is.

grunge_hippy 4:57 pm 16 Apr 09

schools can do sweet FA. we regularily had students with 40+ days absent a term and thats about all we can do… add them up. parents dont care (obviously) and the dept doesnt care either… unless they are indigenous, and then the Home School Liason person (if they still exist) would pay them a visit with little long term results.

and to state the obvious before someone else does….south canberra = causeway.

vandam 4:54 pm 16 Apr 09

Qbn Gal said :

I thought schools routinely send a text to the parents if their little darlings haven’t turned up these days. Beats ignoring the problems. These truants of today are likely to be the unemployed ( and maybe criminals) of tomorrow if action isn’t taken now. I hardly think fining the mother will help. Perhaps having a good look at what supports she needs in place would be more appropriate.

My understanding is she gets more than enough support from both ACT education and Child services, they just don’t do anything to ensure the little kids go to school.

Qbn Gal 4:40 pm 16 Apr 09

I thought schools routinely send a text to the parents if their little darlings haven’t turned up these days. Beats ignoring the problems. These truants of today are likely to be the unemployed ( and maybe criminals) of tomorrow if action isn’t taken now. I hardly think fining the mother will help. Perhaps having a good look at what supports she needs in place would be more appropriate.

peterh 4:37 pm 16 Apr 09

Pommy bastard said :

Subsequent enquiries at the school found that the boy and his two siblings, aged 6 and 11, had attended less than a quarter of their possible maximum of 43 days of the previous term.

Why had the school taken no action?

PB, they are toothless tigers these days – what can they do? suspend them?

Pommy bastard 4:19 pm 16 Apr 09

Subsequent enquiries at the school found that the boy and his two siblings, aged 6 and 11, had attended less than a quarter of their possible maximum of 43 days of the previous term.

Why had the school taken no action?

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