The 13-year-old boy charged with murdering 12-year-old fellow student Elliot Fletcher has been denied bail by the Brisbane Children's Court, as a Facebook tribute to the murdered boy was desecrated.
A Facebook site dedicated to the memory of the victim was desecrated with images of bestiality, child pornography and gore was shutdown by the social networking site yesterday, The Australian reports.
The page was hijacked by several users operating under false names, who swamped genuine mourners and posted graphic images. Police are working with Facebook to hunt down those responsible.
The bail application from the accused, which was opposed by the prosecution, was denied by Judge Leanne Clare. The boy is due to face court on April 29. His family has called for restraint in media reporting on the case, according to an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"It is extremely tragic circumstances in which a young boy has died. However, there is also a young boy who is now facing the criminal justice system on a very serious charge," said spokeswoman for the family's lawyers, Louisa Pink.
"Current speculation in the media as to the motives and the circumstances are, frankly, unfair to him and we are just asking that the media exercise restraint and report responsibly on the matter."
Education Queensland regional director Greg Dickman and Toowoomba Diocese director of Catholic Education John Borserio reminded students that knives had no place in Toowoomba schools, according to Toowoomba News.
Mr Dickman warned that students can have their lockers and bags searched for weapons. "Students may also face strong disciplinary measures if found carrying weapons at school," Mr Dickman added.
The Herald Sun said eight counsellors, some from schools close to the victim's St Patrick's College, were on hand to help students yesterday and the chapel remained open for those wanting to light a candle and pray for Elliott.
"This is terrible for Shorncliffe. It is terrible for Catholic Education. It is terrible for all in a sense in Australia, to think that Australia has reached a point in this time when this has happened in one of our schools," said Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne.
"We need to do everything within our power to make sure it doesn't happen."
Murder-accused schoolboy denied bail (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)
Facebook chief acts after site desecrated (The Australian)
Tragic event underlines policy (Toowoomba News)
Pupils struggle with heartbreak after boy stabbed to death in Brisbane school (Herald Sun)
St Patrick's College focuses on pastoral care (St Patrick's College Shorncliffe)