Griffith teachers locked up for charity

A PAIR of Griffith teachers were charged by police and ordered to serve time on Wednesday.

Witnesses claim Griffith Public School principal Jude Hayman and her accomplice Trish Campbell were caught red handed delivering excessive amounts of homework just days out from the holidays.

The culprits were ordered to serve an hour's jail time in a bid to raise funds for the Griffith PCYC's Time4Kids.

Time4Kids is a great opportunity for businesses and members of the community to get involved and work jointly with police in supporting their local PCYC to make a difference.

When questioned about the offence Ms Hayman said she had no regrets and would do it again.

"The kids and staff dressed up and had to bring a gold coin donation. So far we've raised more than $300," she said.

"Mrs Campbell's class, 5/6 T raised the most money and that's why she was arrested with me.

"It's been lots of fun. The kids really enjoy dressing up and it's a great cause.

"We try and allow a dress up day each term and as this week is the lead up to the holidays this was perfect.

"We decided to do it here at school instead of at Griffith Central on Thursday because this way the kids could get involved."

Senior constable Pete Naisby from the Griffith PCYC said the crime had been brought to her attention by students.

"Excessive homework is pretty serious," she said.

"I don't think the penalty of serving lunchtime behind bars is too harsh.

"It's a bit of fun and we are really happy they were keen to help the cause."

Meanwhile yesterday saw local "crims" including some from Griffith Real Estate, Owen Toyota, Griffith Central, Griffith City Cinemas, a teacher from Griffith East and two radio hosts, also locked up for the cause.

The volunteer detainees were locked-up in mock cells, under the supervision of police officers and had to raise bail through donations to be set free.

Griffith PCYC manager Kym Bock said it was good to see so many get behind the fundrasier.

"This money allows police programs to keep running. Basically it keeps the doors open," she said.

"We can also put money back into facilities."

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