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PostSubject: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 3:39 am

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THE sound of the national anthem through the halls of St Patrick's College was the first sign that life at the Brisbane school had turned into the stuff of nightmares.

It marked shock, then public mourning, at yesterday's loss of a child's life and the shattering of a city's innocence.

As the 1100 students sheltered under their desks as they had been told to do when they heard Advance Australia Fair, 12-year-old Elliott Fletcher lay bleeding from a fatal stab wound to the chest, allegedly inflicted by a 13-year-old schoolmate.

By midday Elliott was dead and late yesterday his alleged attacker – a boy described as a straight-A student – was charged with his murder.

The tragedy of the bayside Catholic school struck a chord with couriermail.com.au readers and on social networking site Facebook.

School friends united with strangers yesterday and poured their hearts out.

Some were mothers, some were sons but all were shocked by the 12-year-old's violent death.

"So young. So many opportunities you missed. But you're in a better place now. I'll see you up there mate," wrote Jacob Dare on the R.I.P Elliott Fletcher Facebook page.

Paramedics had tried desperately to save young Elliott at the school but he was declared dead after arriving at the Royal Children's Hospital.

The alleged offender was escorted by police to Redcliffe Hospital for treatment on his self-inflicted wounds which were described as "superficial". Late yesterday he was charged with murder.

St Patrick's College old boy Paul Booker said he was shocked by the violence.

"I will be praying for you, your family and the rest of the St Pat's school community," he wrote on Facebook.

"It is scary to think that this could happen at my old school; a place that gave me such fond memories . . . very sad and unfortunate." Anne on couriermail.com.au wrote: "My heart goes out to the parents of that poor little boy.

"Who would ever think that when they send their child to school in the morning that something like this would happen and they would never come home again?"

As Elliott's schoolmates returned home after a horrific day, more than 2000 Facebook users joined the memorial page.

Principal Dr Michael Carroll, who delivered the news of Elliott's death to the students, said it was a "tragic loss of a young life".

"My immediate concern is the welfare of the families affected and all students and staff at the College."

Parents flocked to the gates to collect their sons, some of whom were visibly distraught.

Dhana Monks said her son was devastated to lose his friend.

"When you send them to school you think they're going to be safe," Ms Monks said.

"We've never had a problem with bullying here. They've got a pretty strict anti-bullying policy. To have this happen, is just unbelievable."

Others remained stoic as they struggled to comprehend how their school in a suburb better known for its fishing than schoolyard stabbings, had become national news.

Acting Detective Inspector Tod Reid from the North Brisbane Child Protection Investigation Unit said the school was co-operating with police.

"At this point we seem to be seeing more prevalence of younger children becoming involved in offences of violence all over the state, so yes it is shocking but not unexpected," he said.

Chief Superintendent Les Hopkins said Elliott's parents were "absolutely distraught".

"You can't imagine what it would be like to send your 12-year-old boy to school for him never to return," Supt Hopkins said. "It is distressing and shocking and there is little more we can say."

He said police were still identifying witnesses.

"This is particularly tragic and difficult because we are dealing with juveniles."

Although stabbings happen occasionally in Queensland schools, Elliott's death is believed to be the first fatal attack.

Earlier this month a St Joseph's Gregory Terrace student was allegedly stabbed in an attempted robbery by a student from another college.

The Queensland Police Statistical Review shows 798 assaults occurred at educational facilities in 2008-09.

Premier Anna Bligh said Queensland schools were safe and there was no serious problem with students arming themselves before class.

Ms Bligh yesterday described the death as a "shocking tragedy" but said there was no wider issues with the state's schools and Queensland was not like the United States.

"We don't have a serious problem with children bringing implements and weapons to school. But whenever it does occur it can end in tragedy and that is what has happened today."

The school will open today.



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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 3:44 am

Very sad you would think that's one place your kids would be safe at school goes to show their not safe anywhere anymore

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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 3:50 am

Nope i was very sad for this boy fair enough they fight and whatever but who brings a friggin fishing knife to school grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sad


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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 4:59 am

A heartbreaking incident that is for sure, I can't begin to imagine how his parents & loved ones must be feeling.

It really makes me wonder what sort of upbringing the offender has had.

As for the mention of Facebook, I have had a look at 2 of the many groups created in memory of Elliott, but I am disheartened to read the messages on there, from people who clearly do not like Elliott or are simply jealous of him, so therefore I am reluctant to join up & will instead leave my condolences here & on my own Facebook page, where I am not risking being "attacked" by the ferals that are on there.

RIP Young Man, a life taken FAR too young!

Miss J, 9years Master B, 6years Miss C, 3years Miss E, 5months
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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 5:13 am

it break my heart that such a young boys life can be taken so savagely by such a younger person. But why did it happen, Why did Elliot have to lose his life.

Sad to say but we're becoming more and more like america soon we'll have metal detectors in all the schools just so we have a little peace of mind that our kids are just that little bit safer.

As for the school being reopened today i think thats way to soon

these facebook groups and the pics and what they r saying r vile he was an innocent little boy who went to school to learn and because of 1 violent child will never return to his parents and family.

RIP Elliot Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 5:43 am

Absolutely devastating!
It is hard to understand.
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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 16th 2010, 9:49 am

It is very very sad Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 17th 2010, 12:06 pm

seth_an_tylers_mum wrote:

As for the school being reopened today i think thats way to soon

this is kinda personal for me as my nephew is a couple of grades up to what Elliott was... the school was reopened as not to make a great fuss for the other students, don't get me wrong they are receiving counseling, those who need/ want it, but they want things to be as normal as possible for the other kids... a great deal of the parents don't want to make a fuss because it will just scare the other kids from going to school and more will wag they believe.

R.I.P Elliott you will always be loved and missed by your family and friends, and a great deal of people who's lives your death has touched
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PostSubject: Re: Elliot Fletcher Slain at St Patricks College   February 18th 2010, 2:45 am

R.I.P Elliott. A young life taken way too soon. Always loved and always missed by those who truely are your friends and family. You have touched so many in your death and never will be forgotten.

Such a very sad story, i couldnt believe that something like that could ever happen. Sad
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