Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

"The shame of James Hargest High"


"The shame of James Hargest High"

A South Island co-ed high school now rates sexual assault as being of lesser consequence than cannabis consumption outside of school grounds and hours.

Invercargil's James Hargest High has gained notoriety for a decision by its board of trustees to 'exclude' a 14 year old pupil who admitted to rolling and smoking a joint with friends on a city street (not even in school uniform), yet only suspended for a week four male students who held down a female student and sexually assaulted her.

In an age where we are constantly being told about “mixed messages sent to youth“ you just have to shake your head and wonder at the ones being sent here.

The school's message in bullying of the (honest) young pupil expelled for smoking cannabis is pretty consistent with what our police force and justice system sends to the general public with their criminalisation and persecution policies for cannabis users (one sixth of surveyed population).

Unfortunately there are hundreds of young New Zealanders expelled from their schools for Cannabis use each year and the numbers keep growing as the failure of prohibition policies means that just about any secondary school aged teenager (and younger) can now gain access to it.

In 2000, the Southland Youth at Risk committee commissioned a report by Dr Annette Beautrais, a suicide researcher at Christchurch Medical School, after a cluster of suicides among James Hargest students during the late 1990s [southland times, 9 July 03].

Six died within a two and a half-year period which Dr Beautrais found was "atypically high" for a single school.

Expulsions and dropping out of the education system are major factors in steering young people into low skilled futures and possible lives of crime - a 1998 select committee inquiry also implicitly linked cannabis 'labelling' and exclusion to NZ's extremely high youth suicide rate.

Meanwhile sexual assaults and violent crime continue to grow in our communities and make our streets less and less safe especially so for women.

And in the NZ parliament, a Select Committee inquiry into appropriate Health Strategies for Cannabis is stalled (and subverted?) before the Health Select Committee, because MPs don't want to admit the hypocritical, counter-productive legal status badly needs fixing.

Shame on you James Hargest High - actually double shame on you.

The Mild Greens commend the lad’s mother for totally supporting her son, standing up for his rights, and taking the case to the Ombudsman.

Mild Green Initiatives, for your liberty, pleasure, health and safety.
http://mildgreens.com/press


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election