Friday, 20 September 2019


MBAS student charged with possession of Christchurch mosque massacre footage

Mercury Bay Area School principal, John Wright, wrote to school parents and caregivers today, informing them that the school has received information that a 17-year-old male student has allegedly accessed, recorded, shown and possibly distributed footage of the Christchurch mosque massacre. The student has been arrested and charged with possession of offensive material.

“This is a very serious matter which is being treated by the Police as a serious offence,” says Mr Wright. “We are speaking with our students about the seriousness of this matter - it is an offence for anyone to view, distribute or to possess this footage. We prevented any download or distribution of this footage from off our school system, immediately after the incident [happened in Christchurch].

“Some students may have viewed or have had access to or have retained a copy of this footage – accessed from outside our school system. Advice from the Police is that this footage needs to be destroyed or deleted immediately - retention of it is a serious offence.

“We know the viewing of this footage will be very disturbing for our young people and counselling for them will be available.”

Mr Wright urges parents and caregivers to talk with their children about the seriousness of this matter. “Anyone who have any queries, must please not hesitate to contact me,” he says.



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