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Man tried to lure schoolgirl into car

A young girl was walking to school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs when a man pulled up beside her and tried to lure her into his car.

Now police are on the hunt for the driver.

Police said the 12-year-old girl was walking along Clovelly Rd, Clovelly, just after 8am Wednesday when she was approached by an unknown male who was driving a black hatchback.

He pulled over on the opposite side of the road near Flood St, opened the door and motioned for the girl to come towards him.

She ran away and told authorities at her school before the incident was reported to police.

Officers are looking to speak to a man described as being of caucasian appearance, aged in his 40s, skinny to medium build with short light brown hair that has been shaved on the sides.

He was last seen wearing sunglasses and was driving a small black hatchback.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 180 on 333 000.

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Principals reject cash lure to resume classes, despite financial pain

Mal Cater, principal of Mentone College, emailed the school community on Wednesday to say the school would resume classes only when the safety of students and staff could be managed.

The school has made more than 20 staff roles redundant in the past week in response to shrinking revenues. It is one of a number of schools in Victoria that has moved to stand down staff since classes were shut down.

Principals and administrators at Edmund Rice, a network of 54 schools including eight based in Victoria, have agreed to take a pay cut of up to 20 per cent for the duration of term two and redirect the money to struggling families at the school.

The federal government has given non-government schools a Friday deadline to commit to reopening classrooms by the end of May in exchange for a 25 per cent advance on next year’s funding. It means schools must choose between joining the federal push to reopen schools as soon as possible, or waiting for Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton to give the all-clear.

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said it was safe for students and teachers to return to school, based on the advice of the Commonwealth’s expert medical panel.

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, principal of Bialik College in Hawthorn, said he had no intention of going against the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer on when to resume face-to-face classes.

“When you’ve got a choice between following the medical advice, supporting the welfare of your community on one hand, or somebody dangling some cash in front of you, where are your morals if you go for the latter?” Mr Stowe-Lindner said.


Victoria has committed to completing term two remotely, although Professor Sutton said this could change if evidence supports an earlier return.

Mr Tehan said the plan to offer incentives to schools to reopen classrooms in the next four weeks was based on sound medical advice.

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“Why we’re doing this is because Catholic and independent schools approached the federal government, and said that some schools were experiencing cash flow issues, and asked for us to consider bringing forward the July payment that we would normally make to them,” he said.

Rabbi James Kennard, principal of Mount Scopus Memorial College, an independent school with 1500 students in Melbourne’s east, said he was “extremely frustrated” by the situation.

“Our position remains that we will be guided by the CHO [Chief Health Officer] of Victoria,” he said.

Rabbi Kennard said schools were “being pulled in both directions” by state and federal governments.

Rabbi James Kennard says he is 'extremely frustrated' at 'contradictory pressures' from governments.

Rabbi James Kennard says he is ‘extremely frustrated’ at ‘contradictory pressures’ from governments.Credit:Justin McManus

“It’s absolutely not helpful. These contradictory pressures are not how the system should work,” he said.

Rabbi Kennard said he had written to Professor Brett Sutton asking for clarity on the situation before he responds to the federal government’s offer, but lamented how the deadline of Friday placed “tremendous pressure” on principals.

Dr Toni Meath, principal of Melbourne Girls Grammar, said the school was weighing up its response to the Commonwealth’s call to reopen.

Dr Meath said the school was “in the flow at the moment of remote learning and it’s working well for us”.

“Too many changes, being too reactive, that’s not good for anyone so we will make a careful decision with the student in mind,” she said.

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said he felt sympathy for non-government schools.

“What the federal government is doing is using funding to force non-government schools to ignore the expert health advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer,” Mr Merlino said. “Expert health advice, not money, should determine whether or not a school fully opens.”

Independent Schools Victoria chief executive Michelle Green said the Morrison government had placed staff, students and parents at independent schools “in an extraordinarily difficult and unfair position”.


Australian Education Union Victorian president Meredith Peace said schools should continue following the advice of the state government and health authorities.

“While we’re keen as anyone to return to normal life, including a return to school, we must plan that return carefully to ensure the safety of both staff and students,” she said.

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Tinder used by man to lure victims and steal their cars

A 20-year-old man has been accused of using Tinder to lure victims to him so he could steal their car, police in the USA said.

Franklin Jones was charged for a string of carjackings and car thefts over the last two months in St Louis County,Missouri.

Police said he has stolen a 2011 Chevy Camaro and a 2018 Chevy Cruz and on at least two occasions he has shown a weapon to victims to steal two other cars.

Those cars include a 2009 Dodge Charger and a 2006 BMW 325i.

When Jones took the BMW, law enforcement tried to stop him but he took off and eventually crashed in Illinois, police said.

Police said Jones stole cars in early November from along Linnell Drive in the area.

Then in December police said he moved on to stealing cars from another road, Rigsby Drive, including two carjackings in the 2500 block of Rigsby, police said.

Dache Overton, who lives near Blackjack where Jones is accused of luring his victims
, said: “Sadly, I have Tinder. I don’t use it that often, but what if that was somebody I met up with?

“I could have been in that same position as the other women.

“This is very serious and I think meeting up with people at houses or whatever… I don’t like to do that.”

Jones has been charged with robbery, stealing a car, and resisting arrest. He’s being held on $AU180,000 cash only bond.

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