Jai Morcom (right) with his siblings Jade (left), 23, Mayo (rear), 21, and Kyra, 25
Jai Morcom (right) with his siblings Jade (left), 23, Mayo (rear), 21, and Kyra, 25

Jai Morcom letterbox plan unfolds

THE body of Jai Morcom will be released to his family today or tomorrow after an autopsy on Tuesday.

While results of the post-mortem examination were expected yesterday, police said further tests were required before they could report on the findings.

The 15-year-old Year 9 student's death after a playground fight last Friday has rocked Mullumbimby High School, the town and region.

Police were yesterday continuing their investigations into the tragic incident and said they so far had only “a few seconds” of mobile phone footage from the day, but it captured events immediately after the incident.

“We have been following a number of lines of inquiry and also some claims of eyewitness reports and mobile phone footage of the incident,” Superintendent Owen King said.

“Detectives have been able to speak to a large number of school students but to date have only been able to establish the existence of a few seconds of mobile phone footage which portrays the aftermath of the incident.”

Acting Superintendent King called for anyone with any other footage to come forward to police.

“Can I stress how important it is that investigators have access to all relevant eyewitness accounts and available footage,” he said.

He also asked for patience.

“I understand many friends, relatives and concerned members of the community are desperately trying to make sense of this tragic occurrence but I urge everyone to be patient and not speculate about the cause of Jai's death,” Acting Superintendent King said.

Mullumbimby High sent out letters to parents, including details of counselling services available to students and families, on Tuesday.

Another letter is due to be posted today.

Education department spokesman Greg Cloak said the school had been overwhelmed with letters of support from the community and parents.

Meanwhile, a plan to have Australians tie balloons to their letterboxes as a message of peace to mark Jai Morcom's death took flight in NSW Parliament yesterday.

Ballina MP Don Page made a long condolence speech in the state lower house in honour of the Year 9 Mullumbimby High School student.

In the speech, he raised 13-year-old Danyon Saxe-Wilson's idea of flying balloons from letterboxes on Saturday to coincide with a public memorial service.

“There is a move to get everyone to fly a blue balloon on their letterbox as a sign of peace next Saturday, the day of Jai's funeral, and I support that initiative,” he told parliament.

Mr Page said Jai's death raised the need for an investigation into bullying and violence in schools, but warned against blaming Mullumbimby High itself.

Danyon's mother, Melinda Saxe, has posted information about her son's idea on the social networking website Facebook, through a group called R.I.P. Jai Morcom.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has also added her support to Danyon's plan.

“The Lismore community's thoughts are with Jai's family, friends, school and the people of Mullumbimby,” she said.

A community memorial for Jai is scheduled for Saturday at 11am at Heritage Park in Mullumbimby.



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