Friday, October 13, 2006

Schoolgirl arrested for refusing to study with non-English pupils

Daily Mail reported A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.... Codie was attending a GCSE science class at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, when the incident happened. The teenager had not been in school the day before due to a hospital appointment and had missed the start of a project, so the teacher allocated her a group to sit with.

So it was not her fault she was not there at the start of a project.
"She said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils," said Codie yesterday. "Only one could speak English, so she had to tell that one what to do so she could explain in their language. Then she sat me with them and said 'Discuss'." According to Codie, the five - four boys and a girl - then began talking in a language she didn't understand, thought to be Urdu, so she went to speak to the teacher.
A reasonable act, because she was not able to participate in the discussion.
"I said 'I'm not being funny, but can I change groups because I can't understand them?' But she started shouting and screaming, saying 'It's racist, you're going to get done by the police'."
It sounds like the teacher is crazy.
Codie said she went outside to calm down where another teacher found her and, after speaking to her class teacher, put her in isolation for the rest of the day. A complaint was made to a police officer based full-time at the school,
Who made the complaint?
and more than a week after the incident on September 26 she was taken to Swinton police station and placed under arrest. "They told me to take my laces out of my shoes and remove my jewellery, and I had my fingerprints and photograph taken," said Codie. "It was awful." After questioning on suspicion of committing a section five racial public order offence, her mother Nicola says she was placed in a bare cell for three-and-a-half hours then released without charge.
This is ridiculous.

1 comment:

Rosemary said...

I would turn around and charge the others for a hate crime. I do not believe in hate crimes, because all crimes are done out of hate, but hey? If they're there, why not?

On what charge? Crimes against humanity! When you can no longer live in your own country due to a language barrier caused by the government...