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
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.