A minute of silence for Jai Morcom

THE NSW Department of Education has given a reserved response to last week’s request of a minute’s silence in schools in memory of Jai Morcom, who died after a school ground fight at Mullumbimby High School last August.

Jai’s father, Steve Drummond, made the request in yesterday’s Northern Star on the six-month anniversary of Jai’s death .

A spokesman from the NSW Department of Education said that such a decision was a matter for individual schools and not the Education Department. Mullumbimby High School declined the request last week.

“That shouldn’t be taken as any suggestion that the school is not maintaining its sympathy for Jai’s family,” he said.

The spokesman added that the school had ‘absolutely expressed its sympathy very early on in the piece’.

“The department doesn’t have carriage of the investigation and we’re not in a position to pre-empt the findings,” he said.

“For us to comment before it is established how Jai died would undermine the police investigation.”



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