JFS bus abuser must learn about racism

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A TEENAGER has ad­mit­ted threat­en­ing to stab a group of Jewish school­child­ren whom he ver­bally abused as they trav­elled home from school.

The 16-year-old, un­named for le­gal rea­sons, shouted “Jewish scum” at the JFS pupils dur­ing the in­ci­dent on Novem­ber 10 last year.

He ad­mit­ted charges of racially ag­gra­vated ha­rass­ment and com­mon as­sault at Hen­don Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day.

Mag­is­trates heard how the un­em­ployed young­ster, who was around 6ft 6in tall, boarded a 183 bus in West Hen­don with a gang of friends.

They ap­proached the group of teenagers who were on their way home to Gold­ers Green and the youth then called the boys “Jewish scum” and the girls “slags”.

He was heard to say “let’s ter­rorise th­ese ones” be­fore barg­ing into a 17-year-old boy and threat­en­ing to “stab or slash” him, the court was told.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, chair of the bench, Ms Claire Good­man, asked the teenager: “Do you think this is funny?” af­ter he laughed at a prose­cu­tion lawyer.

Then she told him to re­move one of the three hooded jack­ets he was wear­ing.

T h e b o y w a s given a six-month re­fer­ral or­der, dur­ing which he must at­tend panel dis­cus­sions on racism and an­tisemitism. The mag­is­trate told him: “You are a big lad and it’s scary hav­ing peo­ple talk to you like that on the way home from school when you don’t know what else is go­ing to hap­pen.

“We are con­cerned by what you said and why you said it. Words like ‘f***ing Jew’ and ‘Jew scum’. Why are you say­ing things like that?

“Do you un­der­stand why that is par­tic­u­larly wor­ry­ing to the court and to so­ci­ety to use words like that? It leaves peo­ple in fear and it hits very hard.”

He re­sponded: “I don’t know. It’s not cool.”

He was also or­dered to pay £20 costs and £50 com­pen­sa­tion to the boy he at­tacked.

Next month he will reap­pear in court for an anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or­der (Asbo) hear­ing re­lated to the in­ci­dent.

The court had ear­lier at­tempted to ban the JC from re­port­ing the hear­ing, but re­lented af­ter an in-court ap­peal from the news­pa­per’s re­porter.

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