Intermediate school students join March for Moko

Students from schools around west Auckland on Friday led a march to express their anger at the violent death of Moko Rangitoheriri.

It was organised by a group of Kelston Intermediate School students and they want other young people to join their campaign.

It comes after nation-wide marches were held for the three-year-old, who died from injuries received during prolonged abuse and torture.

It was a case that shocked the nation, and saw his killers David Haerewa and Tania Shailer sentenced to 17 years behind bars.

"It's surprising how humans can even do that kind of thing - stuffing faeces into his face - who would even want to do that?" says student Aulky Wang.

School principal Phil Gordon says the kids deserve the credit for organising this entire event and he couldn't be prouder.

"Most campaigns around child abuse is about awareness and not being a stand-by person or watching, and that's what we're trying to encourage within our community."

These children aren't really asking for much.

"We think children deserve to grow up and experience what it's like to be adults," says student Tolinn Pailii.

And they say they'll keep marching until they get that result.


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