July 9, 2009
A group of students campaigning against violence are asking adults to “speak for them” by voting “yes” in August’s smacking referendum according to a story in the Nelson Mail.
Students Against Violence (Save) founding member Johny O’Donnell, 15, said the smacking debate was focusing on the rights of parents to hit their children, and overlooked the rights of children not to be hit.
A student at Nelson College, he told the Mail he was one of five people who turned up to hear long-time child advocate Beth Wood speak on the referendum at the Victory Community Centre.
He said Save intended to have a stand at the Saturday market on the issue. It wanted to do more but was constrained by a lack of funds.
He helped set up Save in Nelson in March as he believed many young people were affected by violence