Balga Senior High School launches DVD on violence

Police Minister Michelle Roberts with members of the Organisation of African Communities and others involved in the project.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts with members of the Organisation of African Communities and others involved in the project.

BALGA Senior High School students helped create a video based on real-life risks, in light of the death of two Perth teenagers.

Following the death of Kuol Akut in 2016, the Organisation of African Communities formed the Stop the Violence initiative.

The organisation partnered with the school, the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre and WA Police to produce an awareness video to educate and engage young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Drama and media students were involved in the production and acting of the video.

It features real-life scenarios and risks associated when young people use drugs and alcohol and are involved in some crime and anti-social behaviour.

The mothers of Sudanese-born Kuol Akut and Baldivis teenager Jacob Cummins, Naomi and Aisling, delivered powerful messages in the video about losing their sons through violent incidents.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts with the mother of 17-year old Jacob Cummins (Aisling) and the Mother of Kuol Akut (Naomi)

They both joined Police Minister Michelle Roberts, school, community and police representatives at the DVD launch on March 26.

Ms Roberts said the project brought people together and she hoped the DVD would encourage young people to think about personal responsibility.

“Police can enforce the law, but it is with values of kindness that we actually create a safe community”, she said.