East Hills Boys High a key battleground against IS radicalisation
GEOFF CHAMBERS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH JULY 01, 2015
The Daily Telegraph can reveal East Hills Boys High School remains a key battleground against radicalisation, with continuing links between students and radicals posting extremist material.
A student who quotes an Islamic script urging followers to travel to Sham (Syria-Levant) was last week tagged on Facebook under a photo of Iraqi officials being drowned in a cage. His friend used emoticons of crying with laughter to illustrate his joy at the savage execution.
East Hills Boys, along with students from other southwest Sydney schools, have been involved in incidents involving IS sympathisers and radical behaviour.
Last year two students refused to stand for the national anthem and another student was alleged to have walked out of assembly during The Last Post.
One student took part in the 2012 Hyde Park riots, where he allegedly held a sign inciting violence. Pro-ISIS graffiti was also spray-painted on walls at the school last year. “ISIS r coming,” the graffiti read. Another message read “ISIS beheads”.
A 17-year-old East Hills student known as Fayez left the country with notorious Bankstown jihadist Abdullah Elmir, dubbed the Ginger Jihadi, last June. While Elmir joined IS, appearing in propaganda videos, Fayez returned to Australia and rejoined the school.
State and federal authorities have poured resources into southwest Sydney schools linked to radicalism, including holding talks from NRL stars and a former student who had become a detective.
A Department of Education spokesman told The Daily Telegraph “anti-social behaviour of any kind is not tolerated in NSW public schools”.
The department has previously denied reports that an associate of alleged jihadist supporter Hamdi Al Qudsi had preached at the school, and claims about a student walking out during The Last Post.
A spokeswoman for the federal Attorney-General’s department told The Daily Telegraph a national review would look into “supporting youth at-risk of radicalisation” and “consideration of possible gaps in prevention”.
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