Thugs invade second school
STUDENTS at a second Ipswich school were forced into lockdown after a gang invaded its grounds and confronted staff, it has been revealed.
The incident came just a day after a lockdown was ordered at Ipswich State High School when a gang of between seven and 10 females rampaged through its site.
The second lockdown occurred at Brassall State School, a primary school directly opposite Ipswich State High, last Friday.
School sources said trouble flared at 2pm when an Ipswich State High student was chased into the school's grounds by a gang.
Brassall principal Peter Doyle and other staff were abused by the group and called in police.
Many parents were in the school at the time watching a dance performance and were forced to lie on the floor in locked classrooms alongside teachers and students as the lockdown bell rang.
The lockdown lasted 30 minutes before staff sounded the all-clear. It is believed the offenders fled before police arrived.
Parents of the school's students praised the actions of the principal, who sent all parents a letter the following Monday explaining what had happened.
Sonja Balogh, whose son Isaiah is in year four at the school, was on site during the lockdown.
“The principal dealt with it very quickly,” Ms Balogh said.
“But it's worrying to think how someone can just walk in without being questioned, although you would have to be pretty game to do it for the wrong reason.”
The parent of a year seven student, who did not wish to be named, said the school's security was inadequate.
“It's pretty alarming, my child often runs errands for teachers around the school by herself and she could have run into those thugs that day.”
The Brassall school invasion occurred on the same day 15-year-old northern New South Wales student Jai Morcom was killed during a lunchtime fight in Mullumbimby.
Education Minister Geoff Wilson said he believed Ipswich schools' security was adequate.
“Schools are not fortresses - I don't believe any parent would want to send their child to a school behind barbed wire,” Mr Wilson told the QT.
“Schools have excellent safety procedures in place, which I'm advised were appropriately followed in both these cases.”
Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said despite there being two school invasions in two days, intrusions into school grounds were rare.
Mr Wendt said the two incidents were not related.