A Brisbane School student, Kyle Thomson, 16, has been suspended for 15 days after being blamed for throwing a vegemite sandwich as an otherwise friendly group of students mobbed the PM.
This has generally been dismissed as a harmless incident with radio announcers playing it up, and adults saying it was just kids being kids, but my issue is if this young man shows this level of disrespect to the Prime Minister of our Nation, how does he treat his teachers, his parents, the police and future bosses. There is a general lack of honour of authority in our nation which I think stems from our penal colony past, but at some point we all need to learn the value of honour. Whether you are a fan of Gillard or not it shouldn’t change the honour you hold for the Office of the Prime Minister of our Nation.
Democracy is great because we have the freedom to express our opinion. But democracy should not be an opportunity to act dishonourable toward the PM or anyone in authority.
We have to have ads running these days telling people not to abuse nurses – where does this lack of respect come from. Well thousands of children have been taught a very powerful lesson in the last 24 hours. If you don’t like the job performance of someone, you can throw a sandwich at them and you get 15 days off school as a reward, and 15 minutes of fame in the media. This spills over from politicians to police, to paramedics, to nurses and beyond.
Australia – its time to bring honour into our national culture.
What do you think Kyle Thomson’s punishment should be?
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