A STRONG sense of injustice has motivated Warrnambool district pupils to protest a different type of detention than is typically talked about at school.
About 140 pupils from St John's and St Pius X primary schools made 215 silhouettes to represent the refugee children held in government detention centres.
Students placed the cut-outs at the church grounds and St John’s entrance to visually highlight the plight of the children and families.
St John's pupil Libby Gass, 11, said it was unfair to keep children locked up.
“They’re only children, just like us, so they should have rights,” she said.
“We did it so that people will know about it and want to do something, so that maybe the government will change their rules a little bit.”
St John’s Primary School deputy principal Damien Webster said the children agreed the detainment of families with children was unacceptable.
“The silhouettes amassed visually explain the enormity of the injustice,” he said.
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