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Racist Abuse Incidents Surge in UK Schools After Brexit Vote

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The aftermath of Brexit has brought back memories of racism from the ’80s, as reports of Race-hate incidents kept popping up on Facebook and Twitter feeds within hours of the Brexit result being announced.

“Daughter tells me someone wrote “[Child’s name] go back to Romania” on the wall in the girl’s toilets at School today,” tweeted James Titcombe, a Patient Safety Specialist with Datix, UK.

Whilst Polish immigrants were being called “vermin” and people shouted chants like “make Britain white again”, in the Quartz London office, a woman in a hijab was accosted as she walked into a mosque and a Polish mother was told to get off a bus and start packing her bags.

A recent article published in Schools Week quoted the National Police Chiefs’ Council that reports of hate crime had risen by 57 percent compared with the same period last year – 85 incidents were reported compared with 54 during the earlier period. More people reported numerous instances of school children being subjected to racist abuse, sometimes from other pupils; much of this has been posted on social media.

How can schools protect themselves from racist attacks?

In an interview with BBC, Andy Somers, head of Hartsdown Academy, referred to “ugly things” that had been said to pupils at his school after the referendum. Somers also said that many people seemed to think that, because of the vote… that it’s OK to be racist.

“The country will not stand for hate crime,” David Cameron told MPs in the Commons.

He further added, “in the past few days we have seen despicable graffiti daubed on a Polish community centre, we’ve seen verbal abuse hurled against individuals because they are members of ethnic minorities. Let’s remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country.” Cameron said.

In order to tackle hate crime, David Cameron announced a new action plan in the Commons. He has advised ‘vulnerable’ institutions to seek extra security funding from the Home Office.

How has the EU referendum dominated the digital world and why is it important for schools?

The date June 23rd, 2016 will be etched in the minds of British people, with either a smile or a shiver. Not only did this political battle take over the television studios, broadcasting endless debates – the EU referendum also dominated the digital world.

But how?

Over roughly the same period, about 16,000 tweets appeared using a term or hashtag associated with xenophobia. Whilst 10,000 tweets were sent out in support for migrants, some 5000 tweets were xenophobic.

Agreed, a degree of conflict is part of the point of politics, but hasn’t the EU referendum triggered an entirely different political battle?

All the tweets that are xenophobic in nature are readily available online for anyone with an internet connection to read – if adults are unable to cope with it, imagine a teenager’s reaction?

In addition to extra security funding from the government, here’s another e-Safety option you might be interested in – Securus is the leading e-Safety solutions provider for schools and colleges, monitoring all computer-based activities. We ensure that young people are safeguarded against the various range of threats they face in this digital age.

Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson

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