The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

LON­DON: A school has re­fused to ex­pel a group of white pupils who chained a black child to a lamp post and whipped him in a re­ported mock slave auc­tion.

The young­ster was hit with sticks by seven teenagers who called him racist names hark­ing back to the slave trade.

It is un­der­stood all those in­volved were in the same friend­ship group and the in­ci­dent hap­pened at lunchtime on the grounds of the school in Bath, Som­er­set. Three of the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors were orig­i­nally ex­pelled by the head teacher — but were al­lowed to re­turn when the board of gov­er­nors over­turned that de­ci­sion. The sec­ondary school said the in­ci­dent was ‘‘un­ac­cept­able’’ but those in­volved were ‘‘es­tab­lished friends’’.

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