Stranger danger alerts have local school parents worried about their children’s safety. Three schools issued alerts to parents and the police this week. Several alerts concern two men in a white Holden sedan. On Thursday, Woodlands Primary School told parents a student had been followed that morning. “A parent reported that her daughter was followed along Hancock Street [Doubleview] by a white van,” principal Gavin Power wrote. “The person in the van was described by the student as dark-skinned with short cropped hair.” Another mother said that because of the alerts, there was now no question of not driving her children to school.
Their hair dyed blonde, twenty eight Australian children were manipulated, kept isolated, starved, drugged and lied to about who their parents were, by a charismatic female cult leader. One of the survivors, Ben Shenton who now lives locally, has told the story of his dramatic escape to the POST's Sarah McNeill. See page 75 for the full story.