Bec Judd's plea for Melbourne kids to return to school: 'It's time'

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Bec Judd is calling for Melbourne children to be allowed to return to school as the city works through their sixth lockdown.

The 38-year-old is currently isolating with husband Chris Judd and their four kids Oscar, 10, Billie, seven, and twins Darcy and Tom, four.

Bec Judd has pleaded to have Melbourne kids return to school after months in lockdown. Photo: Instagram/Bec Judd
Bec Judd has pleaded to have Melbourne kids return to school after months in lockdown. Photo: Instagram/Bec Judd

Bec, who has been homeschooling her kids, took to Instagram to share a post by Ninja Warrior host Rebecca Maddern addressed to Victorian premier Daniel Andrews that read: "OK it's time to find some balance. Victorians can't be locked down longer or harder. Cases are going up, Delta is different.

"We need to look after our kids. The amount of suicides and self-harm is rising – THIS is unacceptable. Get [vaccinated] ASAP but also find balance."

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Bec made her own impassioned plea, adding, "342 Victorian children are presenting to hospital EACH WEEK with mental health emergencies."

"Kids need to be back in the classroom (I'm not saying a blanket return. I'm saying let's come up with a safe plan ASAP)."

Those living in Melbourne have been subjected to more than 210 days in lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic first struck last year.

Bec shared a post by Ninja Warrior host Rebecca Maddern addressed to Victorian premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: Instagram/Bec Judd
Bec shared a post by Ninja Warrior host Rebecca Maddern addressed to Victorian premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: Instagram/Bec Judd

Bec was slammed last year when she shared a post of herself wearing a T-shirt that had the words "Free Melbourne" written across it.

She also came under fire for claiming a "small minority" of people were responsible for the outbreak.

"It’s so disappointing we find ourselves in this position because of a very small minority," she said. "Melbourne is still the best city in the world, just not for the next 6 weeks! Look after each other."

Bec has previously slammed Dan Andrews, calling him "Dictator Dan" in one Instagram post, something that didn't sit right with many people calling it "tone-deaf".

"Bec Judd has been posting food and clothes she's been gifted this entire lockdown, and now wants to complain about living in a 'dictatorship' from her Brighton mansion," one Twitter user wrote. "Utterly tone-deaf."

"Calling the premier a dictator for implementing measures to save people’s lives, the very same measures any other premier would implement in the same circumstances is pretty crass at best of times, but when you have the means that she does it’s just privileged and insensitive," another user explained.

Online satire publication The Shovel left hundreds of readers in stitches when they joked: "Bec Judd is just cross because the 5km rule means she can’t walk from one end of her house to the other."

Some came to Bec’s defence, pointing out that having a privileged existence didn’t negate any feeling of frustration the former model might be feeling.

"What does owning a big house have to do with being sick of lockdowns?" one Twitter user wondered. "She still can’t leave it. Can’t see friends. Can’t see family exactly like the rest of us. I’m no Bec Judd fan but... the pile on here is ridiculous. Jealousy’s a curse."

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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