Students tackling vandalism
VANDALISM is a pertinent issue in the Gladstone community and the year six students at Kin Kora State School are tackling this issue head on.
The students have taken on the Crime Stoppers 2010 Youth Challenge to stop vandalism and make Gladstone a better place to live.
The kids have taken it upon themselves to invite police officers, Gladstone councillors and key personnel from a range of agencies in the community to talk about vandalism prevention and enforcement.
This challenge gives the students a chance to voice their own opinions, strategies and concerns.
Representatives from the Gladstone Regional Council, Tracey Tame and Norm Kupke, came out to talk to the children and estimated that council would remove close to a seven-storey building worth of graffiti a year.
The children could easily see how vandalism affects the community physically, financially and emotionally.
Detective Sergeant Joe Nixon from Queensland Police warned the students that those who participate in illegal graffiti and vandalism crimes would be processed through the criminal justice system.
He said vandalism was an offence that affected everyone.
After much research and discussion the year 6 students believed that it was important for Gladstone residents to be aware of vandalism and to call Crime Stoppers on their free hotline 1800 333 000 if they saw any acts of vandalism.