Schools Turning a Blind Eye
by Nicholas Lepage on October 27, 2014 - 6:56pm
Schools Turning a Blind Eye
In the article “Racist abuse in our schools revealed” by Tom Edwards in the Worcester News on October 7th 2014 explains that there is an increase in racism among students in elementary and secondary schools. Edwards explains that there have been over 150 complaints of racism in Worcestershire’s schools within the past 4 years, with an increase of over 50% between 2011 and 2012. The school councils are not doing all that is in their power in order to stop that, but they are slowly starting to give it some thought, as they claim that the incidents they encounter are “very low”. The schools say that they do investigations whenever they receive a complaint, but it never seem to amount to much, as the rates are still rising to this day. They also turn a blind eye to several cases, as they believe that the Chinese community is not as affected as the mass believes they are, which turns out to be false. One thing the institutions do great is that constantly give positive support to every student, without letting themselves fall into racism. Primary schools are more targeted by racism than secondary schools, although their intentions are not as dark as their older peers. It is also noted that with the rise of social media, the bullying doesn’t stop even when the kids get home. In the end, the schools continue to believe they are innocent when they, in fact, do not possess the proper prevention skills that should be required of them.
This problem is undeniably extremely serious, as it has the potential of scarring many individuals’ lives. This is, to me, beyond infuriating to see schools refuse to double up how active they are in order to prevent racism after such an increase over such a small period of time. Many believes that racism isn’t part of our society anymore, but they are forgetting that the parents of the children have lived during a time that racism was considered normal, or at least less bad than today. It is seen in several documentaries (notably the ones we saw in class), that many children are imposed those racist thoughts by their parents. “My mother doesn’t want me to have friends that have skin of a different colour than mine” is a sentence that we hear commonly from the mouth of the youth. This behavior can unfortunately stay with them as they grow up, and make them racist teenagers that will bully people of other races. Granted, it is not always the parents’ fault, but it is in their responsibility to see that their children are not influenced negatively by these disgusting thoughts. The author rarely gave any opinion towards the subject, but there are certain pejorative words slipped in the article letting us know that he is indeed against the rise of this atrocity. However, the article doesn’t let the readers know just how serious this situation is. 150 complaints in 4 years due to racism only is not something that should be taken lightly due to all the friendships that are ruined, all the people emotionally scarred and all the personalities that are corrupt. All in all, this article is a great eye-opener to a problem that can be solved if the mass decides to pressure the institutions to act upon this ideology that should be eliminated entirely, as we are all more similar than we think.
Edwards, T. (2014). Racist abuse in our schools revealed. Worcester News. Retrieved from http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/11519325.Racist_abuse_in_our_schools...