Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

School Project Touches Strangers' Hearts

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

School Project Touches Strangers' Hearts

Article excerpt

"SHE said that she was meeting friends and he answered firmly 'No'. Her eye then turned black and blue after three punches in a row."

MOST people who read Bronte Wright's poem of domestic violence assume she is one of the Australian women who have had their lives torn asunder by the epidemic that is sweeping across the country.

The untitled poem that has been read by Facebook users across the globe over the past few weeks was written by a 12-year-old girl whose experience of domestic violence comes mainly from the media.

The young Canberran wrote the piece for a school assignment about social problems in the community but it was so good that ALP MP Andrew Leigh posted it on his Facebook page.

The poem has since made its way across countless social media pages dedicated to ending domestic violence.

The Year 6 student told APN Newsdesk that she wanted her school task to tackle a major issue, which could hit close to home one day.

"I chose domestic violence because it's a really interesting topic and it's happening a lot in Australia," Bronte said. …

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