By Greg Stolz
New South Wales, Aus. — Schoolmates of a high school student who died after a playground brawl are planning a mass walkout and protest today against school violence.
Students say a culture of bullying and violence has been allowed to fester at Mullumbimby High School in northern New South Wales, where 15-year-old Jai Morcom (pictured) was involved in a fight over a lunch table.
Jai’s family, who have condemned the upsurge of youth violence, have backed the protest as “a good thing” and may join the gathering.
“You don’t send your kids to school thinking they’re going to die,” Jai’s mother Kim said at the weekend.
“What is happening to our teenagers? I mean, our children are killing each other in the playground. We need to wake up as a society.”
Friends of Jai said violence and bullying was “out of control” and something had to be done. Full story.