Students learn from sex cases
A CHILD advocacy group has said it has no problem with high school students sitting in child sex court cases.
Bravehearts f ounder Hetty Johnston yesterday came out in support Hea t l e y Hi g h S c h o o l after a group of students and a teacher last week observed the sentencing of paedophile Glyn Frank Harrod in the Townsville District Court.
‘ ‘ W e l l I g u e s s t h e students learnt that you can break the law repeatedly, clearly prove that you are an incorrigible danger to all children, that you are a walking time bomb and still not go to jail,’’ she said. ‘‘ I think it’s a reality check for the students and I can’t see any problem with it.’’
Ms Johnston said she sat in on a ‘‘ particularly horrendous paedophile matter’’ in Sydney with a group of high school students.
‘‘ I think it showed them how horrible the world can be,’’ she said.
The Townsville Bulletin r eport on t he s enior students, in Grade 11 and 12, has sparked a number of response both for and against the appropriateness of the excursion.
The man’s prior history was read out, including his conviction for possessing 400 child por- nography images, 24 paedophilia literature documents, a child abuse video game and his arrest in the US for travelling with the intention to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile.
Education Queensland r e i t e r a t e d y e s t e r d a y there had been no comp l a i n t s made b y t h e students, all aged over 16, or their parents.
‘ ‘ By a l l o wi n g t h e s e young adults to observe part of this trial in a safe and controlled courtroom environment, Heatley Secondary College has not only provided a solid education in Legal Studies, but also promoted the importance of the awareness of child abuse in our society,’’ a spokeswoman said.