Why I Couldn’t Do My Homework

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This girl’s homework was at least safe from being eaten by her dog.

It must be one of the best excuses teachers have heard for bad school results: police took my school books because they thought I was a terrorist.

But that’s the excuse 17-year-old Nosrat Hosseini, from Coburg in Melbourne’s north, has used in her application to the Victorian Centre for Tertiary Admissions Centre for special consideration in the assessment of her results.

Ms Hosseini’s house was among more than 10 Iranian homes raided in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne by the Australian Federal Police in June.

“I needed those books for my preparation for my VCE Persian,” she said.

“They thought schoolwork was to do with their investigation, but all it did was disadvantage me in the most important year of my life so far.”

She said police took the notebooks along with school and family photographs, mobile phones and organisers.

Of course, she has a better chance of success invoking the “terrorist” argument than any of these.

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