Aurukun teens play state government "like puppeteers"

A GROUP of teenagers making trouble in the far-north community of Aurukun are controlling the Queensland Government like "puppeteers", according to a group of local mothers.

Teachers and staff at the  were evacuated from the region's only primary school, leaving other students unable to attend classes for at least six weeks.

While the 200 students are now without classes, PCYC is offering distant education activities.

But Wik women's group are outraged and have released a joint statement.

The traditional owners wrote that there are "10 to 15 teenagers controlling the Government like puppeteers".

"These kids have worked out that they can carjack the school principal and suddenly they can control the town."

The mothers said the teachers were crying at the thought of having to abandon their pupils.

"Nowhere else in Australia would a Government condone shutting down a school due to the incompetence of police to pull into line a handful of troublemakers."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is to visit Aurukun on Friday where she will attend a community meeting.


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