If you don’t yet know who Karen is, you’re missing out.
Karen came from a good family, but when she attended university things went downhill – she quickly went from successful family woman to tree-hugging criminal.
Her story can be found in a new Federal Government anti-radicalisation kit that links environmental activism and “alternative music” to terrorism.
The 32-page booklet, launched on Monday and due to be handed out in schools across the country, details a series of fictional case studies in which young people can become radicalised.
Federal Govt schools ‘Radicalisation Awareness Kit”: the only case study under “violent extremism”. pic.twitter.com/fOHUgCw9tD
— Mark Colvin (@Colvinius) September 24, 2015
In the ‘Violent Extremism’ section of the booklet, a girl called Karen leaves home and becomes involved in the “alternative music scene, student politics and left-wing activism”, an alarming combination that results in her sabotaging logging machinery, being repeatedly arrested and cut off from her family.
Naturally, the pamphlet has become the laughing stock of social media, with #freekaren trending on Twitter. Here is some of the best going around:
— Alicia WanstallBurke (@alicia_j_burke) September 24, 2015