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Woman Questions Whether Kids Should Be Allowed At Dawn Service If They Can't Sit Still

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Woman Questions Whether Kids Should Be Allowed At Dawn Service If They Can't Sit Still

Feral kids who interrupted an Anzac Day service have been put on blast by an Australian woman on social media.

The unidentified woman called out parents on Monday (April 25), describing the children at her local Anzac Day service as behaving 'like they were at a playground', news.com.au reports.

In a post on Facebook, she said she found it disturbing that 'people that take their kids and then let them run amok and disrupt everyone'.

The Facebook post has sparked a mass debate. Credit: Facebook/News.com.au
The Facebook post has sparked a mass debate. Credit: Facebook/News.com.au
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"I have no issue with people taking kids, I think it’s important for them to learn, but if you are going to take them, then teach them how to behave at one [a Dawn Service],” she wrote, according to News Corp.

Her social media post struck a cord with Aussies, with hundreds responding to her comments.

One social media user wrote: "If you want to take your child somewhere where they need to be respectful, you should leave if they start a ruckus.

Another added: "Babies are a bit different, but four-ish onwards, and especially fully grown adults, if you can’t show respect then p**s off."

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A third chimed in, adding that if children 'don’t understand/are too young/haven’t learnt yet the behavioural expectations of a service like that – for whatever reason – then they shouldn’t be there.

Others argued that children should be welcome at services, as all have the right to represent their fallen family members on Australia and New Zealand's special day of remembrance.

Children at an Anzac ceremony. Credit: amer ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo
Children at an Anzac ceremony. Credit: amer ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo

A person hit back at the original post saying: "I would hate for someone to suggest that if a child can’t be 100 per cent behaved and respectful (without a full grasp on what that is) they shouldn’t attend."

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"Parents are paying their respects, does having children remove that ability?"

Another added: "Anzac’s literally died for our freedom yeah? So that includes children."

One special education teacher revealed she had taken her class to a dawn service, and argued that all should be accepted at remembrance services.

"I think all people no matter their differences (ie intellectual disabilities and alike) should be able to represent a family member at the service – this includes kids trying their best to sit through an hour long service," she wrote.

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Monday's Anzac Day services returned for the first time since 2019, with hundreds of thousands of Aussies stepping out to pay tribute to diggers past and present across Australia. 

Featured Image Credit: Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo. Guy Bell / Alamy Stock Photo.

Topics: Australia

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