I’m sure everyone has heard about the young 18 year old who attacked two policeman at Endeavour Hills Police Station this week, but what a lot of people don’t know is that I just moved out of there and had lived there over 20 years. In fact, I visit that police station to get official documents signed because it’s the quietest station in Melbourne. There is never anyone there, it’s right next to a child care centre and it’s a bugger to get to.
Has the world gone to hell in a hand basket? What did we do to create this kid and make him do what he did?
I have never considered myself a racist but this was in my own backyard and the question goes out, how did this happen? Had the kid lived here most of his life? Or had he and his family moved here to “recruit” the masses? Why pick Endeavour Hills?
So many people have been asking why but my heart goes out to his own people who came to Australia to escape terrorism and make new lives for themselves in Australia and, in particular, Endeavour Hills. My kids friends still live there and they have Muslim friends who are terrified to go out, for fear of being abused or worse. It’s not their fault! The kid’s passport was cancelled. What? Why? If he wants to be like them then send him home and THEN cancel his passport so he can’t come back.
Terrorism watch is at its highest right now in Endeavour Hills and we were ill equipped to deal with it. There is security at Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre – right next door and yet the Security Teams didn’t know what to do. They didn’t advise anyone working at McDonalds, Coles or Safeway what was going on and even my son’s girlfriend finished work and drove home, only to be stopped by three police cars and questioned as to how she got that far. Not one security guard or policeman stopped her from walking downstairs to her car and driving out of an area that had over 100 policeman and the police helicopter over head.
I hate fire drills at work but surely this was a perfect opportunity to perform one to ensure the safety of all ‘innocent people” buying food, supplies and general household items for their families.
We shouldn’t have to be afraid to go outside and yet these kinds of isolated incidents just make it harder for us to trust and appreciate even our own neighbours.
Don’t let fear keep you inside. Make an effort to speak to a neighbour, just to say hi. What could it hurt? Maybe it’s the opportunity to change someone’s perception of things.