Monday, September 07, 2015

A bad move by Mount Scopus

From The Age:

Victoria's largest Jewish school will become the first in the state to employ armed guards, in a significant boost to its security.
From this week, guards with guns will be stationed at Mount Scopus Memorial College's three Melbourne campuses.

I think this is a  very unfortunate move by a Jewish school. I already feel uncomfortable seeing guards outside Jewish schools and temples. I can understand why history would lead to this, but I think it is quite unnecessary and paranoid. There have been isolated instances of harassment of Jewish people in the last decade or so, but no great plot, nothing mass organised.

The point I want to make is when you have massive security, it causes unease to those who the security is provided for. Every time a Jewish kid attends school, he or she will see an armed guard there to protect them from the 'the outside world'. This will frame their thinking for the rest of their life. They will lock within the box of their own world, race and religion, a backward move surely, as most people of Jewish heritage in Australia are well integrated within our society.

Australia is a relatively safe country for all races and religions. This move is just not necessary and will do no good for relationships between people of our nation. We have a police force to protect us and if it doesn't, the government is accountable.

27 comments:

  1. I hadn't seen this story, and agree. I don't think it is a good move, and feel very sad that they consider it appropriate.
    I really appreciate your point about it framing life for the students.

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    1. EC, yes sadness is what I feel. Sadness that the school feels it necessary.

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  2. What has prompted this move in Melbourne Andrew? I am afraid it is the thin edge of the wedge and will just incite the rednecks out there. Sad.

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    1. Good question Carol, and as far as I know, nothing. They maybe a threat that has not been publicised.

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  3. Have they had lots of problems in the past or are they jumping the gun, you are right the kids will think they are different to everyone else, it starts divisions in society.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle, I don't know of any issue at the school. We lived two minutes walk from the school entrance a number of years ago and I did not even know it was a Jewish school. We also went to a theatre performance there once.

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  4. I am shocked that this is allowed. A totally unnecessary action.

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    1. Marie, as I am sure you know, guns breed guns and your country has done well to keep them out of general policing hands.

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  5. how strange. In our violent country, this isn't happening.

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    1. Strayer, I am a little surprised at that and pleased that it isn't.

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    2. Well, not yet, I'm sure its coming. So many school shootings here. Do you have them there? I've not of school shootings in your country.

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    3. No, we don't really. There have been incidents over the years though, including a famous hostage situation at a school, but that was a long time ago.

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  6. How are they allowed to have armed guards? Seems a bit of an overkill. I cant see it warranted here in Australia, America yes.

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    1. Allan, so many guards are now armed and I don't believe in it and I don't really believe in private guards.

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  7. andrew, definitely it is wrong decision.....at my school we have a guard but not armed..

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    1. Gosia, do you think it is necessary to have a guard at all at your school?

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  8. It does seem very silly, Jewish people are very well integrated here and pose no threat to anybody, nor is any threat posed to them. As far as I know. it would make more sense if it were an Islamic college being guarded. The one here in Adelaide is in quite a bit of strife with the current headmaster making new rules and taking all kinds of backward steps. no music lessons, no sports (I think just for girls on that one), teachers being fired and so on.

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    1. River, that did come to my mind too. It is perhaps the damn extreme Moslems that need to protect themselves with armed guards. There was a time not so long ago when Jewish people were discriminated against in Australia, but so were everyone else who weren't white anglo saxon and protestant. I am sure you have memories of the discrimination against Catholics.

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    2. I grew up in Port Pirie where there are large numbers of both Italians and Greeks. I remember NO discriminations at all. Everyone got along. The Italians had the big houses and lovely gardens, the Greeks had the fishing boats and the fish and chip shops. My German dad played soccer on the Greek team.

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  9. Is that comment above for real? or spam. I agree with your sentiments entirely.

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    1. Diane, I hope the comment did not appear for too long before I said, be gone Satan and your spam.

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  10. Missed the spam :) It's such an unAustralian thing to have armed guards outside schools, I'm seriously worried about the craziness of the world today!

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    1. Grace, yes. Not the sort of thing we want to see in Australia.

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  11. First I have heard of this! Dreadful that 'they' believe those measures need to be taken here in Australia...I agree with you.l

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  12. Oh boy, this does not bode well, does it ?~! We here in America need to have this kind of security at schools but I don't wish our gun-crazy way of life on any other country in the world. May the need for this security be banished into the past as we look forward with inclusive eyes, hands and hearts that follow.

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    1. Hi Lynda. I hope over time your gun culture will slowly die. While a school massacre did not result in strong gun control, I guess it is a matter of chipping away very slowly.

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