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Comment on 13 year old denied bail after rampage by Diane de Vere.

Thank you for this article.
I select one paragraph – HIS HONOUR: Fine. Who was looking after these young people? He’s a 13-year old. He’s supposed to be at school the next day. So, who was looking after him? Who tucked him into bed, give him the nightly meal, was going to get up, give him his breakfast and get him off to school? Who was doing that? It’s called parental responsibility.”
And I go back to the footage of the Four Corners video Australias Shame re Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and I ask His Honour:
Who was looking after these young NT children? Who was protecting them from predatory guards and psycholigical damage and brutalisation by a bullying dysfunctional system, who held the duty of care?
Who deprived them of food, clothing, a clean warm environment, who instilled fear and terror into their minds, who humiliated and shamed them and applied military style mind control instruments of torture to these children?
Who failed to provide education and mental health services to these youth?
Who was doing that? It’s called government societal responsibility.
And I ask who will be prosecuted and removed so they cannot continue their crimes.

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13 year old denied bail after rampage
@ John Bell: John, I respect the fact that you choose to use your real name [I hope it is not a pseudonym ], I think we all need to be open about our identity if we choose to contribute to the dialogue about such important matters. I note several people have responded in this way, many have not.
And so I will respond to your two questions albeit in a limited way in this forum.
Questiion One: “Are you siding with the lad’s CALAAS lawyer or with Judge Borchers?” My Response: Neither. I appreciated reading the whole transcript and I selected one point to respond to – a point that is within my area of knowledge and expertise.
I believe it is relevant to put this article into the context of the current Royal Commission into youth detention and child protection in the NT. I feel for the stress incurred by the judge and the lawyer and the “lad” for that matter all of us who care.
Question Two: What is your solution? I could ask you the same. The solution is simple: Education.
Let’s have some truth and reparation. Healing teaching and learning share our stories value each other. Listen to each other. Dadirri.
Thank you John for asking me these questions.

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