A schoolboy faces custody after his conviction for racially harassing a fellow pupil. |But the case has sparked controversy - should the school have dealt with it internally?
The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named, caused a 14-year-old classmate to attempt suicide by repeatedly calling her "wog, coon, black person, gorilla and golliwog" for six months.
Lincoln magistrates, who convicted the boy of racially aggravated harassment, heard that the girl took a mixture of pills and wrote a goodbye note to her family.
The behaviour of the boy, who had no previous convictions, was condemned as "merciless" last night by anti-racism campaigners.
However, his conviction - the first for the crime over an incident in a school - prompted questions over whether such bullying should be dealt with through criminal law.
David Green, the director of Civitas, the right-leaning think-tank, said that while the boy's behaviour should be condemned, "the law does not belong in the schoolyard in these cases".
"We are not talking stabbings or serious assault here," Dr Green said. "This should be a matter for the school and the children's parents."
Josie Appleton, the director of the anti-regulation think-tank the Manifesto Club, which will publish a paper on schools' obligations over racist incidents this autumn, added: "This should be dealt with in the school.
"Criminalising it undermines the authority of schools. Teachers have to be able to set a moral example." full story
I had a lot of this sort of stuff when I was at school - 'dirty gypsy,' 'gypsy trash,' that sort of thing.
I usually found a quick kick in the balls and a few swift left hooks brought the toerags to their senses.
I'm a great believer that the ONLY way to stop bullying is to stand up to the twats.
After all, when did you ever see a bully pick on someone he thought he might lose to?
They're just a bunch of batty boys at heart!
Some kids just aren't wired like that Lin, nobody ever bullied me, because they knew I was a vindictive little bastard who would've got revenge on them one way or another, regardless of who tried it on...some kids are just natural victims though....we all knew kids at school who were weak, a bit effeminate, the sort who just didn't have the physical or mental capability to effectively fight back.
The way to stop bullying is for the school to stop colluding with it. It may be true in some cases that the bully has their own problems. Then those need to be addressed. For a school to pass the buck up to the police is technically correct, but it is only shirking their own responsibility to deal with it before it reaches such proportions. If a girl is so unstable that a vicious remark causes her to kill herself, then the school has failed to recognise her screwiness. If she has been subjected to constant abuse until she kills herself, then the school has failed to deal with the abuse going on.
I find it very unlikely that this girl killed herself just because one moron called her names (unless she had a crush on him). More likely, he was a ringleader or least able to conceal a generic prejudice that the school should have nipped in the bud, not allowed to get far enough to kill her. Had they done so, this scumbag might also have never become bad enough to warrant police attention. It is all an exercise in pass the parcel before the music stops.
Wrong Retarsed. The girl attempted suicide. I hope she didn't seriously harm herself!
The taunter came out of this football/socceer scene and for some reason they do binge drinking and then do hostile stuff instead of relaxing, like the fans of other sports do. He'll be sentenced on August 13.
He taunted her with chants of 'white, white, white is right, kick them out, fight, fight, fight' - taken from a film about football hooliganism. But the girl feared reporting the abuse would make him become violent and instead suffered in silence, the court was told. The victim, who has mixed white English and black African heritage, endured the abuse for four months before she attempted suicide in January this year. A source close to the case said the teenager, who, like his victim, cannot be named for legal reasons, was a BNP supporter who had actively tried to enlist other youths. Raymond Wildsmith, prosecuting, told Lincoln Youth Court the insults happened 'again and again and again' - anything up to four times a week. But the girl only revealed her torment after she tried to kill herself. She took a mixture of stress pills and painkillers in January before writing a note telling her family that she did not want a 'sad funeral'. Giving evidence by video link, the girl told a police officer the abuse made her 'want to die'. She added: 'I wanted to die because of everything that was happening at school. 'I thought, "Do I want to do this?" And then I thought, "Yes, I don't want to be here". Last night, her mother described her daughter's tormentor as 'evil'. She said: 'He seemed to mimic everything his father did and became a ringleader of a violent set of boys at the school.' She told how her daughter left a suicide note requesting that nobody wore black at her funeral. She said: 'My world fell apart. I had no idea that there was anything wrong with her. At home she put on a brave face and seemed totally normal.' The teenager was hospitalised and then sectioned in a psychiatric hospital for several weeks. She has been out of school virtually ever since but is due to start at a new school in a different part of the country in September. The mother reported the girl's ordeal to the school and police, but said she had a 'long hard fight to get justice for my daughter'. She added: 'When I first informed the school, they as good as called me a liar. I then had a long battle convincing the police to take this seriously. 'They were desperately slow and interviewed 25 people before they seemed to appreciate the seriousness of it.' The court was told that the girl had only been in the Lincoln area for a year before the abuse started. Her 15-year-old tormentor, who denied the charge, was convicted of racially aggravated harassment. He will be sentenced on August 13. A second 15-year-old was cleared of the same charge. The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed it was the first successful prosecution of a schoolchild for racial abuse in the UK. Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Lincolnshire said: 'We would like to thank the victim for her courage in coming forward and strongly encourage other young people in the same situation to report to the police when they have been targets of campaign of racial bullying.'
Alpha has a point when he says we don't hear about police involvement when white kids are bullied by other white kids. To the victim, it doesn't really matter whether they are being picked on because they are fat, or talk with a lisp or walk with a limp. I know of children who have been bullied because of a disability; in one case the girl's parents took out a civil injunction against the school after discovering that pushing her down the stairs had become a cult game among a group of other girls.
Race hate is taken more seriously because of its wide and serious social implications. They wouldn't want to take every case of bullying on board; the school needs to tackle the problem.
To the victim, it doesn't really matter whether they are being picked on because they are fat, or talk with a lisp or walk with a limp.
I agree and when it gets even close to this level the police should step in and get the scumbags out of society as soon as possible. To be honest, reading between the lines, this is one of the feral youth we have heard so much about. I would lock him up and throw away the key.
Have you any evidence that type of ting occured? If so, I think we should see a conviction Alpha. This is a landmark case, I hope to see more convictions soon.
The little scrote got off lightly in my book.
Any convictions in this case will be for racism, not for bullying.
The white kid who kills himself because he is bullied by whites will have no such protection from the law (or the black kid taunted by other blacks) etc.
These race laws are devisive and place certain victims lives above other victims lives...that is wrong
do you remember the case where the white lad was set on by asians who used a hammer on him and shouted racist taunts the school and the police denied it was a racist crime...and i understand it was taken to court ONLY on the parents of the victims insistence...and even then was treated as gbh...even when there were multiple witneses who said it was based entirely on race [the perpetrators were found guilty....but the reluctance of the school and police to take action was a disgrace about two years ago alpha it was discussed on jsg