Students gather at Mullumbimby High School last Friday to mark the first anniversary of the death in the playground of Jai Morcom.
Students gather at Mullumbimby High School last Friday to mark the first anniversary of the death in the playground of Jai Morcom.

Jai grief still raw

More than 100 students, parents and friends gathered outside Mullumbimby High School at 10.55am last Friday to support one another as they observed a minute’s silence in memory of Jai Morcom.


One year on since Jai’s tragic death after a brawl in the high school’s playground, the emotion and grief was very raw. Jai’s father Steve Drummond, who organised the public gathering, made a heartfelt plea for truth for Jai as he spoke to the crowd about his frustration with authorities and his hope that the inquest, set for January, would provide some answers.


He asked those involved in his son’s death to come forward and to seek forgiveness by taking responsibility for any wrongdoing.


Earlier that morning, Mullumbimby High School held its own memorial ceremony with Jai’s closest friends and students of Year 10.


A Davidson plum tree, chosen by Jai’s mother, was planted in the school’s memorial grove and a memorial plaque was unveiled.


The rest of the school held a minute’s silence in their classrooms.


Mullumbimby High School captains Angeline Daniels, 18, and Janny Gewin, 17, said the memorial had been a sad event.


“It was very sad and very respectful and an important part of the healing process,” said Janny. It has been a very touching week.”


Angeline Daniels said that while the 12 months had flown, there had been a great deal of reflection on Jai’s death during the year and that it was all a necessary part of healing.


“As a school, we do value the truth and people do want closure and I think the inquest is a good thing,” she said.


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