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Obnoxious trolls poisoned by hate


Missing four-year-old Cleo Smith.

I see that the half-used minds, callous hearts and cowards with an impulse for cruelty, were on full display by the insensitive and harsh abuse directed at the parents of Cleo Smith on Facebook, from online trolls (News, 29/10).

The atrociously cruel conduct of these anonymous weak and despicable individuals shows clearly they are poisoned by hate.

It is a sad trait of human nature, that some characters lack the capacity for even one iota of emotional intelligence. A miasma of noxious unhealthiness hangs around these keyboard warriors.

I am sure the parents of Cleo Smith are aware that overall the community are fully behind and supportive of them and share in their hope and prayers for the safe return of Cleo.

G. W. J. Pearce, Woodvale

Pupils’ parents to blame

The disgraceful antics conducted by students in the State’s south (News, 29/10) shouldn’t come as a surprise to their parents and their schools.

These are the students who have been undisciplined throughout their school years, and the behavioural consequences and strategies administered to modify their obnoxious behaviours have been unsuccessful.

These students are the ones who have constantly disrupted their classes and prevented others from learning. They are the ones that have caused their teachers anxiety and stress.

They are the ones ready to blame everyone else for their bad behaviour — it’s never their fault. They are the ones that don’t care about how others feel, and don’t have any tolerance for students who aren’t like them.

Schools and teachers are constantly burdened with these students’ inappropriate behaviours and consume most of their time addressing these non-educational issues.

Being banned from their graduation ceremony won’t affect them one iota because the ceremony is too long and boring. They aren’t capable of sitting still and listening without interrupting.

Out-of-school shenanigans are a parental responsibility, and unless parents take on their parental duties seriously, these inappropriate and disgusting behaviours will continue.

O. Brown, Hillarys

We’re not doing enough

Excluding the “crass clowns” who wrecked Leavers from their Year 12 graduation ceremonies is an impotent punishment. It reinforces their perception of being the victim of a failed system and is unlikely to change their life trajectory.

I would like to see them face up to their seedy sex and snort acts — which are unacceptable — apologise and spend the summer holidays doing time helping others. For example, working in struggling hospitality venues and farms up north and down south.

Paediatricians in this State are close to done with dealing with a mental health tsunami that has gained momentum with COVID. The parents, educators and police I talk to are fed up with the poor behaviours they have little power to change.

WA can’t fix the rise of ice, alcohol, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and suicide in our schools — mental health issues which rip our families apart — without getting serious about how we raise and educate our children.

I’m sorry to be blunt, but we are not doing enough.

Dr Elizabeth Green, paediatrician, Applecross

Bad influences

Is it any wonder our school leavers are performing stunts to shock us? They have been bombarded constantly with supposedly acceptable behaviour — far worse than theirs — on our TV advertising and the endless reality TV shows.

It’s about time the TV and media were called to account on this constant bombardment we are forced to watch.

Roger J. Smith, Stirling

What’s in their future?

The public ought not be too quick to judge a bunch of schoolies having fun. Some may go on to become MPs, shire councillors, civic leaders, esteemed business people and, heaven forbid, even members of the judiciary.

Bruce Webber, Lake Coogee

Opposition vital

Lanai Scarr (Opinion, 26/10) and Tony Jackson (Letters, 27/10) both raise valid points about the balance of power in Parliament.

Gillian Willis (Letters, 27/10) decries the parlous state of the Liberal Party and its potential irrelevance while powerbrokers act in their own, rather than party and community, interests. The bottom line is that we are careering towards a political system that does not have two dominant political parties, but a gaggle of small parties that, after each election, will see coalitions formed for the purposes of ascending to power, rather than coalescing on the basis of common policy positions.

Parliament will by its very nature be “hung” as we understand the concept now — and the Australian community will be much the poorer for it.

Ms Willis’ call for the WA Liberal Party to sort itself out is very timely. We need a credible party in government, a credible party as the primary Opposition and a balance in our Parliament that allows for genuine debate of issues.

As the current WA Labor Government, with control of both Houses and little credible opposition, continues to make more and more unilateral decisions (such as changing the State’s Upper House electoral system) that will impact on generations to come, we will truly come to understand the importance of that balance.

Michael Cardy, East Victoria Park