Bruce and Denise Morcombe talk to Ipswich Grammar School junior students about personal safety.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe talk to Ipswich Grammar School junior students about personal safety. Sarah Harvey

It's okay to say no: Morcombes

NEAR the top of Denise and Bruce Morcombe's wish list is that they stop what happened to their son happening to another child.

Mrs and Mr Morcombe were at the Ipswich Grammar Junior School yesterday to pass on their hard-won message to the students.

Their son disappeared in 2003 and in August, Brett Peter Cowan was charged with his murder.

"Our message has been a journey that has lasted eight years," Mr Morcombe said.

"Daniel was a lad very similar to you who was just trying to catch a bus near the Big Pineapple to go and do some shopping.

"When he left home he didn't know that within an hour he would find himself in a situation he couldn't control. Most people can be trusted but as we found out some can't. Daniel didn't get a second chance. You just never know what's around the corner. It can happen to you."

While not wanting to panic the students, he and his wife wanted to provide them with safety tips such as travelling with someone, picking a password only family and friends know and having five special adults to confide in.

Mrs Morcombe's simple message was: "If you think it's wrong, it probably is".

"Look for early warning signs and act on them," she said. "It's okay to say no, to scream and run away."

Ipswich will participate in Day for Daniel next Friday, starting with a community walk involving the council, Ipswich Community Youth Service and Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit in the Mall from 9.30am.



NAPLAN improvers: Has your school got better or worse?

premium_icon NAPLAN improvers: Has your school got better or worse?

SEARCH THE INTERACTIVE TABLE FOR YOUR SCHOOL

Four major roadworks Ipswich needs and where they’re at

premium_icon Four major roadworks Ipswich needs and where they’re at

With the recent announcement of funding for the Warrego Hwy, there are three other...

How Ipswich residents made $5.2 million in a year

premium_icon How Ipswich residents made $5.2 million in a year

Here’s where you can cash in across the wider region.