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The student delivered an impassioned speech at one of Sydney’s most elite private schools blasting the school for being “financially motivated” and seeking “good publicity”, also adding that the school she loved had let her down.

Sarah Haynes gave the scathing end of year speech at the exclusive Ravenswood School for Girls, located on Sydney’s upper north shore where students fees are approximately $28,000 a year.

Haynes blasting the school in front of a crowd filled with shocked teachers, fellow students and parents.

 

Sarah Haynes gave the scathing end of year speech at the exclusive Ravenswood School for Girls. Source: Facebook.

Sarah Haynes gave the scathing end of year speech at the exclusive Ravenswood School for Girls. Source: Facebook.

During the speech Haynes, 18, questioned the school’s values by claiming it was being run like a business driven by financial concerns.

The speech was filmed by a fellow student and has since been posted on YouTube where it has so far been viewed more that 6,000 times.

“Some people work hard and get noticed and good on them.” she started the speech.

“Some people work hard, struggle and get overlooked,” Ms Haynes said.

“I don’t know how to run a school but it seems to me that today’s schools are being run more and more like businesses where everything becomes financially motivated, where more value is placed on those who provide good publicity or financial benefits.”

It costs up to $28,000 a year to be enrolled at the elite Uniting Church school. Source: Supplied.

It costs up to $28,000 a year to be enrolled at the elite Uniting Church school. Source: Supplied.

 

Ms Haynes told the crowd when she became school captain, staff members would change her speeches to make them more in line with the elite image of the school.

“Everything I wrote had to be censored by those higher up than me. I was never trusted to say the right thing,” she said.

She said that she wrote a speech for an open day at the beginning of 2015 and was told to take out a line saying the school wasn’t perfect.

We somehow suspect Ms Haynes is going to bob up and make a splash.

Abdullah ElmirA Sydney teenager who ran away to join jihadists in Syria is the pawn of terrorists who “groomed” him just like pedophiles groom their child victims, a terror expert says.

Abdullah Elmir has turned up in a propaganda video for the IS group, also known as ISIL, after disappearing from his Bankstown home in June, saying he was going fishing.

The video is the fourth in a series called “Message of the Mujahid” which features foreign fighters, with previous releases showing British, French and Moroccan jihadists.

Grand Mufti quick to condemn "Islamic" extremists

Grand Mufti quick to condemn “Islamic” extremists

The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, urged Muslims to reject calls from abroad tocommit violence against Australia and said it was “utterly deplorable for violent extremists to use Islam as a cover for their crimes and atrocities”.

In a joint statement, the nation’s peak Muslim organisations expressed “profound concerns and sadness” over Abdullah’s appearance in the Islamic State video and said there was an “urgent need” to examine how and why the teenager felt the need to leave the country and fight with a terrorist organisation.

In the clip, the 17-year-old threatens Australia and any nation that would try to stand in the group’s way.

Professor Greg Barton from Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre says Elmir was recruited by wanted terrorist Mohammad Ali Baryalei, an Australian based in Syria.

He says terror recruiters lure targets by making friends through social media, like many sexual predators.

“It’s like sexual predation,” Professor Barton told the media.

“Somebody might strike up a friendship in an online chat forum and present themselves in a different fashion – to try to get them into their web. By the time they actually meet the people they’re speaking with, they may be in too deep to know better.”

He says the boy appears as a “pawn in the machine” in the chilling video.

“He thinks he’s the star … but the reality is, his new friends have got him a one-way ticket,” he said. “He’s not in charge of his own destiny at all, he’s being used.”

Prof Barton says young people are the easiest to radicalise.

“Teenagers, 20-somethings, particularly young men more than young women, are vulnerable to making rash judgments,” he said. “And they tend to be more rebellious toward (older) generations and sceptical of establishment figures.”

It is believed former Kings Cross bouncer Mr Baryalei, 33, recruited Elmir through western Sydney street preaching group Parramatta Street Dawah.

“He’s said to have recruited 30 plus young people – mostly in western Sydney through Street Dawah” Professor Barton said.

We agree with Professor Barton. What we are seeing is teenage braggadocio. No 17 year old understands the geo politics behind the likes of IS, they have no idea what the reality of death and injury is on the battlefield, they do not yet have an understanding of the terrible implications of the violence they may wreak on other families or what it really means to take another life, nor do they have the discretion to understand varying views of their own religion. What we are seeing here is the sophisticated internet version of the gathering of child soldiers by unprincipled militia in Africa and elsewhere.

abdullahThis young man will, one day, without any doubt, die a bloody death unknown, unmourned and unmarked in the conflict in Iraq. Those who recruited him as a footsoldier will not bat an eyelid at his passing.

Even if he does not, his life is effectively ruined, as he will no longer be welcome in his home country. The very best outlook he probaby has is to become a stateless refugee, in hiding.

It is all very sad, and a huge burden of guilt lies on the souls of those who recruit our innocents. The cases recently of two young Austrian women who travelled to join IS only to find themselves pimped out to fighters, impregnated, and now unable to leave after becoming utterly disillusioned, is yet more evidence that these people deserve our unflinching condemnation.

Meanwhile,  Abdullah’s family have said they are shocked and devastated. They believe he has been “brainwashed” and they want to know who paid for his air ticket and encouraged him to go. They have described him as academically bright and caring: and it is often so – those with intelligence, compassion and passion are the easiest to turn to the darkness.

We should all pray this young man somehow survives and is reuinted with those who can care for him. That, however, is vanishingly unlikely.

Five Christians were arrested after their group held a prayer vigil in reaction to what they described as Australia’s “cruel treatment” of asylum seekers on March 21.

Christians released

Commonsense prevails. They look like dangerous violent radicals, don’t they?

A spokeswoman for the group has said the charges were dismissed after they pled guilty to trespass in Sutherland Local Court this afternoon.

She said the magistrate noted that the protest was peaceful. “This was the other end of the scale to the Cronulla Riots,” she said.

Earlwood resident Justin Whelan, 38, was one of those who faced court over the protest he described as an appeal to Mr Morrison to “rediscover the ideals of his maiden speech”.

“I have witnessed first-hand the conflict and suffering in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine I feel compelled to take action to draw attention to the plight of asylum seekers,” he said.

He was joined in court by Blue Mountains resident Donna Mulhearn, 45, Zetland resident Jaxon Jennings, 21, and Woolloomooloo resident Jody Lightfoot, 28. The fifth member of the group, 33-year-old Midland resident Jarrod McKenna, did not appear in court.

The group was supported by approximately two dozen protesters who gathered outside the court to hold another “asylum seeker prayer vigil”.

Protest spokesman Matt Anslow said the vigil participants had come from different Christian denominations, including Catholic and Uniting Church, as well as non-Christians.

Mr Anslow said his group had not had any contact with Mr Morrison since the March 21 protest.

“We recognise that we’ve been a party to allowing our government to continue these policies,” he said. “Today is less about an outcome, it’s about support”.

He had told the media that the March protest was not intended to target Mr Morrison in a negative way.

If ever a man needed praying for, it's this guy.

If ever a man needed praying for, it’s this guy.

“We were praying also for Mr Morrison, not in a way that was condemning or judgemental,” he said. “We were actually praying that Mr Morrison might have a change of heart. In his maiden speech for Federal Parliament, Mr Morrison gave a really amazing outline of his vision that included justice and compassion for vulnerable people. For us, we were hoping Mr Morrison might have a change of heart and join us.”

Wellthisiswhatithink has another and less gentle point to raise. What on earth were police officers doing wasting their taxpayer-funded time arresting these people in the first place? And once arrested, why on earth were they taken to court and not simply released? Who took that ludicrous decision?

I am reasonably sure the Christians who “invaded” Morrison’s precious little office would have left quietly if asked to do so, or would have allowed themselves to be moved outside, even if resisting passively. That should have been an end to the matter.

In a free country, people are free to say what they like, where they like, even if that causes minor inconvenience. What an utter nonsense this all was. Will the police in charge at this and other protests be counseled to show a little more restraint, and commonsense? Like hell they will. Will the prosecutorial authorities get dragged over the coals for wasted time, money and effort. No, they won’t.

Ridiculous.

After yesterday’s story, this is the other side of the child protection issue.

(From AAP)

What type of person beats a child? Sometimes, one simply despairs.

What type of person beats a child? Sometimes, one simply despairs.

A four-year-old boy bashed to death by his mother’s boyfriend told his grandmother, “(He) hurts me, nanny”, just weeks before his death, court documents show.

The little boy’s plea of, “(He) hurts me” and “(He) holds me down in the bath”, sparked efforts by his grandparents to alert the Department of Community Services (DoCs) and the police to his plight.

But no official action was taken and the boy died about five weeks later after the man hit him a number of times to the head while bathing him on April 1, 2011.

There were emotional scenes in the Supreme Court in Sydney on Monday when the man, 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to murdering the boy, but guilty to his manslaughter.

The boy’s mother sobbed in the stand as she described how she watched her son fall to his knees and how she initially lied to police about what happened to him.

On the evening of her son’s death, her boyfriend had been coming down from amphetamines when he insisted on being the “father figure” and bathing the little boy after he wet the bed, she told the court.

An agreed statement of facts tendered to the court also showed the mother had been smoking cannabis earlier that day, while the boy had been suffering from a urinary tract infection exacerbated by her accidentally giving him undiluted fruit juice.

“(The man) was aggravated. Anything could make him spark, crack,” the mother told the court.

While he was bathing the child, she said she heard four bangs coming from the bathroom.

“(I heard the man) saying after each bang, `…stop it’,” she said, adding he sounded, “angry, agitated”.

When she looked into the bathroom, she said she saw the child standing there.

“(He) took a step towards me and fell to his knees,” she said through her tears.

After she dried the boy off, she asked him if he wanted his pyjamas, but he said, “No mummy, it’s too hot”, she said.

“He was really hot to touch. He was glassy eyed,” she said.

The man then told her to “fuck off” and she went downstairs, she added.

“I was scared … because of the previous physical violence to each other,” she said.

A few minutes later – after the man had returned downstairs – he went back up to check on the child and then called for the mother to come quickly.

The little boy appeared blue, was lying on his back with his eyes closed and had “four red dots” on his forehand, the woman said.

“All I could do was scream out his name,” she said.

The boy died later at Warren Hospital, with doctors finding he died as a result of multiple injuries, including severe head injuries. He had also inhaled water prior to his death.

The court heard the boy had been taken to hospital four days before his death suffering from a nose injury, black eyes and a cut to his forehead.

After his death, additional recent injuries were discovered on his body.

When the little boy stayed with his grandmother in February 2011, he told her, “(the man) hurts me, nanny”, and “(He) hurt me and holds me down in the bath”, the statement of facts said.

“The (grandparents) attempted to air their concerns about his welfare with the Department of Community Services and the police, but ultimately no official action was taken,” the facts said.

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton asked the woman, “Did you know your son had told your mother within a short time of his death that (the man) had held him down in the water?”

“Yes,” the mother replied.

The man’s sentence hearing will resume on April 5.