Andrew Brosnan and Luke Eliot:
Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan has weighed into the debate on the “fight club” involving Kalgoorlie-Boulder students, saying “it had been going on for ever” but warned uploading footage was a breach of privacy.
Mr O’Callaghan said the “fight club” was something police had to respond to because they did not want children to get injured but he did not think it was a new phenomenon.
“We were all fighting when we were at school,” Mr O’Callaghan said. “The main difference is these fights can be videoed and uploaded and we didn’t have that technology 40 years ago.”
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Although I’m generally pleased to see people recognizing the importance of privacy, and kids’ futures can be impacted by what is uploaded by them or about them, the almost-casual response to the fighting is a bit off-putting.