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The Marist riot

By johnboy 1 December 2013 137

ACT Policing were required to respond to numerous incidents of disorderly behaviour and traffic hazards by graduating students from Marist College in Civic early this morning (Sunday, 1 December).

Around 2am police received reports of over 120 students congregated in the Pitts car park, Civic prior to commencing a walk southbound along the Commonwealth Avenue finishing in Pearce.

Police received several calls from members of the public reporting that the crowd was disrupting traffic flow in the vicinity of Capital Circle by walking and running onto the roadway to stop traffic – endangering not only themselves but others.

Ten general duties patrols attended and escorted the group but were forced on several occasions to block traffic along Adelaide Avenue and Melrose Drive to ensure the safety of individuals marching, many of whom were intoxicated and displaying aggressive behaviour.

Police vehicles were intermittingly hit with rocks and police officers abused by members of the crowd.

Upon arrival at Marist College students were asked to move on and the crowd dispersed within 15 minutes.

During the walk three males were arrested for breach of the peace and released soon after.

Acting Superintendent Jo Cameron said the prime objective of police during the walk was to keep the crowd moving towards Marist College whilst minimising disruption to traffic and preventing injury to pedestrians.

“As we pointed out in our recent stand up on school formals police are not against students having a good time but if things get out of hand action will be taken,” Acting Superintendent Cameron said.

“We encourage everyone to go out and have a good time but police along with the community will in no way tolerate anti-social behaviour that could put themselves and other lives at risk.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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SheepGroper 4:54 pm 06 Dec 13

Perhaps one of the lessons the students should have learned was not to drink to excess, or let their friends drink to excess?

Innovation 11:20 am 06 Dec 13

RationalMind said :

…. As has been noted before on this thread, sensible answers, humility and apologies…..

Thank you for your very sensible and well thought out response. I hope you are a better reflection of the school’s graduating students. Your willingness to take responsibility and learn from these situations should help you to do well in life. Your loyalty to your former classmates – including those behaving poorly is commendable too – to a point.

I, for one, have done stupid things in my youth that I regret – so I am hardly a good example – and I’m sure that many others here feel the same. Other memories, although silly, were fun and I look back on them fondly. Ultimately these things are a judgement call which some of us mess up from time to time.

Clearly you and hopefully others want to learn from this experience. Without having been there on the night, my only suggestion to you is that you don’t do things you might regret later in life and that you learn quickly when you yourself need to disassociate from poorly behaving friends. For example, and I apologise for cherry picking but, truly decent people should be decent even if you are not on their “good side”. Also, how bad would that night have had to get before you were prepared to distance yourself from your “fellow mates”?

Queen_of_the_Bun 11:43 pm 05 Dec 13

RationalMind said :

Skidbladnir said :

RationalMind said :

smiling politely said :

Interesting. So what are the parallels between walking from Civic back to the school with the journey you made as part of your schooling?

They were both long, exhausting journeys and as a cohort, we all helped each other to succeed to the end whilst having a laugh with mates.

I think you may have confused Bound and the walk back from Civic there, buddy.

Well, that’s how I see it; we can even apply the same principles to outward bound here as well.

They all were certainly long, exhausting journeys, we all helped each other to succeed until the end, whether it’s through helping a mate out with an assignment, providing simple things on walkback such as lots of water or just simply lifting spirits with a good belting out of Great Man of God or Sub Tuum or giving helping out clean the dishes on outward bound and we all certainly had a good laugh on the way.

You sound like an intelligent young human. Or the school’s PR person. Either way, I don’t think you acknowledge the impact that stupid people have on your brand through their bad behaviour.
PS I grew up in Brisbane where Marist was where the poor people sent their boys, so I find this elitist talk all a bit odd.

MrBigEars 8:42 am 05 Dec 13

Certainly an improvement on the usual calibre of posts of people defending themselves/relatives/dead mouthbreather on the riot-act. Well done.

Trickster_Travis 12:57 am 05 Dec 13

milkman said :

Such a lot of discussion over a few drunk d***heads getting rowdy.

These kids were acting like tools, but life goes on.

He knows what’s up. They were just acting like idiots, no two ways about it. They were aggressive to the police, loud and a nuisance, but no one was injured, and it sure hasn’t stopped you from living.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:59 pm 04 Dec 13

LSWCHP said :

RationalMind said :

…a lot of mostly reasonable stuff, with an explanation, an apology and a but of humility.

And quite notably, written in coherent English.

Good work mate. A pity you didn’t get here ahead of some of your less sensible classmate. Unlike King Charles, I do wish you well for your future life and career after graduation.

But don’t forget, a man is known by the company he keeps. Choose your friends well.

From the comments here, it seems it will be a very long time before they become men.

Whinge 9:47 pm 04 Dec 13

Give up lads, trying to argue against these clueless, elitist, one sided ‘warriors of canberra’ is like trying to convince the Westboro Baptist Church that homosexuality isn’t a sin.

milkman 8:06 pm 04 Dec 13

Such a lot of discussion over a few drunk d***heads getting rowdy.

These kids were acting like tools, but life goes on.

LSWCHP 7:08 pm 04 Dec 13

RationalMind said :

…a lot of mostly reasonable stuff, with an explanation, an apology and a but of humility.

And quite notably, written in coherent English.

Good work mate. A pity you didn’t get here ahead of some of your less sensible classmate. Unlike King Charles, I do wish you well for your future life and career after graduation.

But don’t forget, a man is known by the company he keeps. Choose your friends well.

LSWCHP 7:02 pm 04 Dec 13

Watson said :

It’s usually the defensive reactions that make the whole thing look much worse than it is.

I didn’t even read the media reports but what I got from the apologist comments on here was that at least some of these Marist boys have no sense of community spirit whatsoever.
1. Using a “they were strangers, why would they care if we call them names” defense.
2. Using the “It was only 3 hours out of a year” defense. And if there are a few groups of selfish teenagers that think like you, it all adds up and makes people feel unsafe in their own town.
3. Calling the public school students scum. Because your parents’ ability to pay a few thousand dollars a year for your education automatically elevates you from scum status. Clearly.
4. Assuming that police are paid to have abuse hurled at them. That’s a very bad use of my tax money. I am more than happy however to pay for them to come down like a ton of bricks when anyone calls them names, attempts to physically hurt them or treats them with disrespect. Because if they don’t nip that kind of behaviour in the butt, there’s a bigger chance that I’ll have to deal with it at some stage and I’m not game. I’ve never had anything but great service from the ACT police. They’ve always treated me in a respectful way, even when I was in the wrong. This is not Moscow and the police is nobody’s enemy, unless you break the law.
5. Calling people plebs when you feel you are losing the argument. Covered in a previous comment.

Do yourself a favour and walk away, lads. Your dignity is long gone, so don’t hang around to try find it again.

Great summary Watson, and good advice.

RationalMind 6:41 pm 04 Dec 13

Skidbladnir said :

RationalMind said :

smiling politely said :

Interesting. So what are the parallels between walking from Civic back to the school with the journey you made as part of your schooling?

They were both long, exhausting journeys and as a cohort, we all helped each other to succeed to the end whilst having a laugh with mates.

I think you may have confused Bound and the walk back from Civic there, buddy.

Well, that’s how I see it; we can even apply the same principles to outward bound here as well.

They all were certainly long, exhausting journeys, we all helped each other to succeed until the end, whether it’s through helping a mate out with an assignment, providing simple things on walkback such as lots of water or just simply lifting spirits with a good belting out of Great Man of God or Sub Tuum or giving helping out clean the dishes on outward bound and we all certainly had a good laugh on the way.

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