Chil­dren are suf­fer­ing, too

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

AL­MOST 3,000 young peo­ple from eight Not­ting­hamshire schools took part in a sur­vey to re­veal the ex­tent of hate crime among young peo­ple.

More than one in 10 (14 per­cent) told re­searchers of the unique re­port that they had been vic­tims.

The Still No Place for Hate Schools Re­port will be launched on Tues­day at a cross-party par­lia­men­tary event dur­ing Hate Crime Aware­ness Week, chaired by stu­dents from Djano­gly City Academy and hosted by Nottingham North MP Alex Nor­ris.

It is the ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­port to the Still No Place for Hate re­port, re­leased in May of this year.

Many of the young peo­ple did not un­der­stand what a hate crime was or passed it off as just part of nor­mal life.

The re­search re­vealed that around a quar­ter of re­spon­dents did not iden­tify pulling a Mus­lim woman’s hi­jab off as a hate in­ci­dent. Twenty-nine per­cent of re­spon­dents did not iden­tify us­ing “gay” as an in­sult. 22 per­cent of re­spon­dents (646 peo­ple) sug­gested that de­bat­ing re­li­gious dif­fer­ences would be con­sid­ered a hate crime, and there was sig­nif­i­cant con­fu­sion, too, in de­scrib­ing peo­ple by us­ing their race.

Lead au­thor Dr Ja­son Pandya­wood, of Nottingham Trent Univer­sity, said: “If young peo­ple are un­able to de­fine what might con­sti­tute a hate crime, they may also be ill-equipped when they or oth­ers are vic­timised as such.”

Both re­ports were sup­ported by Nottingham Cit­i­zens, which is an al­liance of 35 mem­ber com­mu­ni­ties – schools and uni­ver­si­ties, faith groups and unions, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, char­i­ties and other civic or­gan­i­sa­tions – com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether for the com­mon good. It is part of the na­tional char­ity Cit­i­zens UK. Re­sponses given by young peo­ple to why they thought their in­ci­dent was mo­ti­vated by hate in­cluded:

■ Be­cause he shaped his hand in a gun shape and said “I have killed a lot of you Mus­lims in the war”

■ They told me I didn’t be­long here be­cause I was a “black nigga” and I should “go back to my own coun­try” ■ They re­marked on the Manch­ester Bomb­ing at­tack and claimed I was the next bomber as a re­sult of my re­li­gion

■ They were racist to me say­ing racist words. Also called me a slut and a hoe.

■ Be­cause my par­ents are Mus­lim and my mom wears a hi­jab and some­one tried to pull it off and tried to do the same to me.

■ She called me a “gay lit­tle fag­got” and other peo­ple have called me other gay slurs

Com­mu­nity lead­ers said that the re­port raised im­por­tant is­sues that needed im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

Sa­jid Mo­hammed, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Himmah and Nottingham Cit­i­zens leader, said: “Hate crime is on the rise in our cities. Ev­ery­one from the new Home Sec­re­tary to Nottingham school girls as young as 12 have ended up vic­tims of hate­ful slurs. Com­mu­ni­ties can and must change this and we need co-op­er­a­tion from all lev­els of Gov­ern­ment right up to the Prime Min­is­ter.

This re­port is a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for young peo­ple in Not­ting­hamshire to have their ex­pe­ri­ences, and their voices heard. We must lis­ten to them.”

Louise Mcdon­agh, se­nior leader, Djano­gly City Academy said: “We are proud as an academy to be part of this his­tor­i­cal and im­por­tant piece of work. Djano­gly City Academy is a place which cel­e­brates di­ver­sity and our academy is re­flec­tive of the di­ver­sity in the wider com­mu­nity. Our schol­ars are ex­cited at the prospect of be­ing an in­te­gral part of bring­ing about po­lit­i­cal change.”

Among its rec­om­men­da­tions, the re­port says that Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice should work more closely with schools, that schools be given teach­ing ma­te­ri­als on hate crime, that an app be cre­ated to make re­port­ing hate crime eas­ier.

It also rec­om­mends that Of­sted re­view its re­quire­ments for in­spect­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory bul­ly­ing, that greater promi­nence be given to ex­plor­ing is­sues as­so­ci­ated with hate crime in lessons and that schools make it eas­ier to re­port hate crime.

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