Today’s Editorial for December 22: Parents need to step up

‘Forgive us for being cynical.’

That’s a line uttered by Police Commissioner David Baines with regard to why the police will be hand-delivering letters to the parents of troublemaking students concerning new security measures at government schools being instituted in the New Year. The reason why the letters are being hand delivered is that the police don’t trust the troublemaking students to deliver the letters to their parents themselves.

We certainly don’t take issue with the cynicism of the police. In fact, we have more than a little cynicism of our own.

It’s unfortunate that the police will have to institute what many will see as draconian security measures to prevent weapons and drugs from entering the government schools. However, the police can not simply stand idly by and allow stabbings to take place in schools or for drugs to be purchased there.

These drastic measures might not have been necessary if parents of students would do their part in keeping schools safe.

When it comes to crimes and misbehaving, parents are quick to rush to the defence of their children. It’s always someone else who’s guilty, not their own little darlings.

The truth is, someone’s little darling is responsible for bringing weapons and drugs into the schools – these aren’t children of aliens from outer space.

If the parents took on some of their responsibility as parents – like making sure they know what their kids are up to – then the police wouldn’t have to conduct searches of their own.

Yet, some of the parents who refuse to act like parents will be the first to complain if their little darling is body searched by the police. They’d complain even louder if their little darling is stabbed in school, or if he or she buys drugs in school.

We certainly hope the letters from the police outlining the new security measures open some eyes with parents of school children. We hope so, but we have our doubts.

Forgive us for being cynical.