Children's book 'Lilly' encourages students to murder police

Am I endorsing this book? No. However, this is a symptom of what is taking place all across the world with people becoming exasperated with the oppressive boot on their necks from the metastasizing police state. I do not condone violence in any form, but one must ask themselves, what is different from this book and the portrayal of atrocities committed by police? Of course, the media does not say that police have the right to kill people, but when police do, we see them “on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted”. Seldom are police tried or convicted for their crimes against the public. They are given much deference to their being “authority” and anyone who dares raise a voice in dissent “has it coming to them”.

Even though I do not agree with the resolution offered in the book, that is, the wholesale execution of police, I do agree that more discussion over just what role police serve in society is needed. Children likewise need to be spared the indoctrination involving police being de facto arbiters of justice.

It may serve police agencies to take note of the escalating din which promotes violence towards them in response to their violence towards society. Honestly, I believe it may be just what the police desire since it may tend to validate more oppressive measures and policy since we are deemed to be more violent. Police tend to create circumstances which justify their actions, which are merely reactions to contrived circumstances which they create.

Lilly

The children’s book titled ‘Lilly’. Supplied

Lilly

A character called Simon Overkill resembles Police Commissioner Simon Overland in the children’s book ‘Lilly’. Supplied

A TWISTED children’s book encouraging students to murder police is being shopped around Victorian schools.

The picture book, titled Lilly, tells the story of a little girl whose friends are racially vilified, tortured and shot by police, prompting her to murder a police officer resembling Police Commissioner Simon Overland.

Education Minister Martin Dixon said there was no chance the book would be added to the curriculum.

“This material is highly offensive and absolutely disgraceful,” he said. “It has no place in Victorian schools or the broader community.

“Victorian parents do not want their children exposed to obscene and violent material and I believe principals will not tolerate it being circulated in our schools.”

The authors – members of a heavy metal band – defended the book’s perverse content, saying it will “provoke discussion” among impressionable children.

“The basis of Lilly is the idea that the simplified stories we’re told as children can affect the way we later perceive the world as adults,” band spokeswoman Sarah Dobbs wrote in a letter to schools.

The book depicts police as violent monsters who:

BEAT a dark-skinned boy on the ground with batons.

ELECTROCUTE a little girl who is looking after a sick friend at a park.

SHOOT dead a boy named Tyler because he misses his dad.

Lilly, the “hero” of the book, saves the day by shooting “Simon Overkill” in the head, releasing a rainbow and doves from his skull.

Victoria Police declined to comment, but Police Association secretary Sen-Sgt Greg Davies dismissed the book as a bad joke.

“These twisted morons can sit around their marijuana-fuelled campfire telling each other their twisted tales, collecting the dole from the rest of us and leave our children to be reared by their parents,” he said.

The book states: “All depictions of police brutality are taken from real events, reported by the media.”

Ms Dobbs told the Herald Sun by email she expected schools to welcome the book into curriculums.

“We’ve already been in contact with many political studies, english, media and communications teachers keen to look at the issues raised in Lilly,” she wrote.

UPDATE 9.39am: THE group behind a children’s book that endorses killing police officers say several schools have expressed interest in it.

And Chief Commissioner Simon Overland says police can’t do anything to stop the twisted book being shopped around schools.

The authors – members of a heavy metal band – defended the book’s perverse content, saying it will “provoke discussion” among impressionable children.

Band spokeswoman Sarah Dobbs said 17 schools across four states had expressed interest in the book – even thought it has not yet been approved by the Classification Board.

Ms Dobbs said it was important to contradict the message given to children of “wildly unrealistic stereotypes of police-as-superheroes” and to encourage scepticism of law-and-order policies.

“We find it surprising and saddening that despite these reports (of police violence), there are still almost constant public calls for more police officers to be deployed, and for police to be granted ever-broader powers over their fellow Australians,” Ms Dobbs said.

“The basis of Lilly is the idea that the simplified stories we’re told as children can affect the way we later perceive the world as adults,” band spokeswoman Sarah Dobbs wrote in a letter to schools.

For more on the children’s book that is encouraging students to kill police go to the Herald Sun.

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2 thoughts on “Children's book 'Lilly' encourages students to murder police

  1. E.I.A says:

    Nor would I endorse it. However, a glance at something – like for example – any slashdot article mentioning police brutality or stupid excess will show that a vast majority of technically oriented, intelligent people are really sick of what’s become of many US police officers. Police have lost a tremendous amount of respect, and are no longer seen by MANY people as having any more to do safety than astronomy, and all to do with supporting a paycheck and short temper.

    It is becoming evident that the citizenry are presumed to exist solely for purposes of serving the state. The US sports the largest population of incarcerated citizens of any other developed nation in the world per-capita, and has a booming private prison industry. It may not be long before people wake up (in jail?) and realize the enormous absence of integrity behind the thugs that fuel such industries without so much as questioning it. I support good law enforcement, but I don’t see many examples of it. And their are very real plans to make it worse.

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