Every parent who has had a child who has been bullied would empathise with the anger and helplessness felt by Lisa and Owen Boyce who are featured in today’s page 5 article.
But what many in this predominantly “white” community wouldn’t have to face was the overtly racist nature of the bullying that engulfed the Boyce family.
It was shock for Lisa Boyce who moved her family to the Hills because she wanted her kids to have the country schooling she enjoyed. It was also a shock for Owen Boyce who grew up in multicultural London where his West Indian descent was nothing remarkable.
However, they do not blame the children at the Hills school where the bullying occurred because they believe racism is a learned behavior.
That is why their efforts to become involved in the City to Bay are so inspiring.
Out of their own person “nightmare” they have tried to create something positive to raise awareness that racism exists and needs to be dealt with, while at the same time raising money for beyondblue.
Meet the Premier
It’s a popular pastime to have a whinge about politicians – heaven knows there’s enough material.
Well on Sunday the Hills community can go one better – whinge TO a politician.
The second in a series of country cabinets will see the entire Labor Cabinet gather in Mt Barker to listen to comments and concerns from the community.
However, the tinge of scepticism about the real worth of such gatherings is understandable, especially in this region.
Not too many years ago the Hills community grabbed its chance to have a say directly to the State Labor Government about the massive rezoning proposed for Mt Barker. Despite hundreds of locals taking the time to voice their concerns in a reasoned and articulate manner at specially convened forums, they were completely ignored and the Government did what it had originally intended.
Mr Weatherill and his team have a lot of damage to repair before such a meeting will be seen by many as anything but a stunt forced upon them during hasty negotiations with independent MP Geoff Brock in a bid to hold on to power after the last State election.