It's sad that a kid died in a school punch up, but I just can't get over the photos that have been run in the media since it happened. This is not schooling as I remember it.
For starters, here is what the students are supposed to look like, according to the school web site.
Here is the reality. Note that the girl on the left has no shoes on - I spotted that when this photo ran in the paper. Where are the school uniforms, let alone the shoes? And how nice of the kids to spray a bit of crap on the school wall. Did any teachers think of intervening to stop that? You know what shits me about this?
What I mean by that is there would only be a few kids at the school who would be genuinely feeling grief at the death of a close mate. For the rest, their displays of emotion are confected, part of a group-think that forces conformity in expressing sorrow that is neither real or heartfelt. Some will be play acting for the media, others will be using it as an excuse to wag school for a while ("I feel to sad to go today", and other assorted crap). Some have clearly used their pseudo-grief as an excuse to do a bit of spray painting, firm in the belief that no one would dare charge them in the aftermath of a "school ground tragedy". We're being played like fools. It's like the outpouring of grief over the death of Diana - what a crock of frogshit that was.
Then we have the fag man. Back in my day, smoking at school was a sure way to get expelled. That's the shoeless woman behind him. These kids are supposed to be 15 or so - below the age when you can legally buy fags and spray paint. Is smoking something that they allow in school now, or does he have special dispensation to smoke because he is so "stressed" by the death of Jai?
And then there is this wierdo, who appears in a couple of photos in the Byron News. What a window licker.
Two more chicks without shoes! I'm sure the school dress code would say something about footwear!
I'm sure there is lots more stuff like this out there - this is just what I noticed from flicking through the paper over breakfast this week.