SENDING A MESSAGE: Urangan High teacher Renae Cameron (centre) and students Trent Searle, Chelsea Johnson, Mallory Hardy, Brad Schafer, Troy Alexander, Nathan Searle and Harley Moynihan (black t-shirt) are helping to promote the One Punch Can Kill message. Photo: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN 09h2313b
SENDING A MESSAGE: Urangan High teacher Renae Cameron (centre) and students Trent Searle, Chelsea Johnson, Mallory Hardy, Brad Schafer, Troy Alexander, Nathan Searle and Harley Moynihan (black t-shirt) are helping to promote the One Punch Can Kill message. Photo: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN 09h2313b

T-shirts spread vital message

THE MESSAGE is simple.

It’s getting it out there that’s the hard part.

Urangan High School teacher Renae Cameron was tired of hearing her students regularly talk about the fights they’d seen at parties and on weekends.

She says a society where teen violence is condoned and often encouraged is just not acceptable.

Especially when her cousin, Robert Learmonth, died in 2005 after being punched once while on a night out in Maryborough.

Ms Cameron is now getting One Punch Can Kill t-shirts made up for her students and asking that they display the message with pride.

“I thought that given that I’ve got the option to speak with young people so often, then I should use that to see if I can help do something about it,” she said.

“It’s so acceptable (to fight) and such a part of going to parties that I wanted people to wear these shirts and then if they ever get in that situation they will think twice and walk away.”

The One Punch Can Kill campaign aims to prevent senseless violence among young people and to stop them from making split-second decisions that could ruin lives.

If the shirts get even one person to walk away from a fight, then Ms Cameron feels her efforts have been worthwhile.

“The kids are so fashion-conscious and for some it might just be a free shirt but that’s OK because they are still helping to get the message out by wearing it,” she said.

Mr Learmonth was just 21 when he died.

Ms Cameron says her family will never recover.



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