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Published on December 5th, 2006 | by Hans Fruck

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Kid Sings Own Death Warrant

Who else was watching Channel Nine News last night? At about the 6.10pm mark, they ran a piece on a Grade 6 student, who, in response to bullying at school, had written a song about his experiences.

Presumably the Aw-that’s-soooo-cute meter of a Channel 9 producer redlined when they heard this breaking news, because they responded by dispatching a crack reporter to the boy’s school so that he and his team could film the kid, accompanied by four girls, singing the song to his school assembly. Demonstrating his investigative credentials, the reporter then interviewed the kid and filmed him playing tag with some girls in the school playground.

Pertinent observations:

1. Unless you’re Mozart, at 11 years old you should not compose music.

2. If you do compose music, make sure it’s not a plea for understanding from the bullies who are tormenting you.

3. If it is a plea for understanding from the bullies who are tormenting you, do not, under any circumstances, sing it to your school assembly on national television.

4. If you do sing it to your school assembly on national television, fake an illness that keeps you out of school for the rest of the year.

5. If you can’t fake an illness, enjoy to the fullest what little life you have left.

6. Can the teachers and journalists that collaborated in this story be charged as accessories to the kid’s (now inevitable) murder?

One final observation. By the time ads, sport, weather, and newsreaderly repartee are subtracted from the news bulletin’s running time, the viewer is left with about 12 minutes of news. As scrotum-crinklingly fascinating as the prospect of some kid warbling his way into an early grave is, perhaps Channel Nine could find something else of importance to report? I dunno, Iraq? Iran? Global warming? Corporate and governmental graft? The government-aided war of employers against employees? Take your pick.

I know this is the channel of Naomi Robson and Ray Martin, but still, can’t they suspend the infotainment for 12 minutes every night and just do news?

Oh, and kid? Whatever your name is… RIP.


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