Posted April 03, 2019 08:33:10 An Australian public school has made a controversial decision to send its pupils to the United States, with the school warning parents not to be fooled by the country’s public schools.
In a post on its Facebook page, Melbourne’s Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute said it was “unable to support” the move to send students to the US due to the “dangerous” conditions in the country.
“We know the students arriving in the US are not safe, and we have not been able to support this decision,” the post read.
Mountain Pleasant Collegio posted on Facebook, saying the students were “being sent to an unsafe and uninhabitable environment” and were being sent “to a country with a very high rate of gun violence and death”.
The post added that the school’s “responsibility to the students, and their families, is paramount”.
“The safety of our students and families is paramount.
This decision is our responsibility,” the school said.
It said the students would arrive “in the safest place possible”, with “a highly trained team of police and medical professionals”.
“The risk of violence and the potential for violence will be extremely high in the United State, and will be particularly so in rural areas, with poor access to health services,” the university said.
In the United Kingdom, a similar post has been published on Mount Pleasant’s Facebook page.
The school said it did not “want to be seen as being anti-American” and said it “will continue to support the US in any way possible”.
It also said it would send its students to schools “in Europe, Australia and the US”.
“Our commitment is to the wellbeing and safety of all our students,” it said.
The post also said that “our primary responsibility is to protect the safety of the students and their parents”.
Australia has been hit by a wave of gun-related violence in recent years, including a mass shooting at the weekend in Port Arthur that left a teacher dead and 20 people dead.
More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in 2016, according to official figures.
Read more about guns and education: Aussie kids are not the only ones who may be affected by US public schools: AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM IN 2018 Posted April 02, 2019 07:59:20 It was reported earlier this week that the average age of a New Zealander’s school-leavers is 15 years, with a recent study showing that more than half of all Australian school-age children do not know that their parents are “in jail” due to their criminal record.
At least 11 per cent of students surveyed in Queensland’s Pilbara province were unaware of their parents’ criminal record, the survey found.
While the research does not reveal any specific reason for this, the study said it is likely the parents “do not know they have been charged with offences”.
Many parents in New Zealand have faced criminal charges, including charges of child cruelty.
New Zealand is among the countries with the highest percentage of Kiwis not knowing that their children are incarcerated.
Australia, meanwhile, has the highest rate of “unaccompanied minors” living in state care, with 1 in every 100,000 children in the population.
Australian children are also underrepresented in Australian schools, with about half of Australian children not knowing their parents have been convicted of a crime.
Most children are unaware of the number of children they have a parent in custody, with only a quarter of children being aware of the state of their parent’s case, the National Child Protection and Policing Authority said in its 2016 report.
Children in Australia’s public school system are also at higher risk of mental health issues, according the National Children’s Bureau.
They also have higher rates of physical and emotional problems and are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety and eating disorders, the report found.
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