Bath Chronicle

Pupil ‘re­moved’ over video

School takes ac­tion af­ter stu­dent shares ‘sick­en­ing’ footage on so­cial me­dia

- Emma El­gee emma.el­gee@reach­ Crime · Society · Bullying · Social Media · Bath · Snap Inc. · Beechen Cliff School · Midsomer Norton · Andrew Davies

A stu­dent has been re­moved from a Bath school af­ter an “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” and “prej­u­di­cial” video was shared on so­cial me­dia.

The Bath Chron­i­cle has been made aware of video that ap­pears to show a stu­dent be­ing sub­jected to racist taunts by an­other pupil.

It is un­der­stood the footage had cir­cu­lated to pupils at an­other school in the city via the so­cial me­dia net­work Snapchat.

One per­son who saw the video said they were “truly sick­ened” by its con­tent.

Beechen Cliff School said a pupil has been “per­ma­nently re­moved” from the school and that so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies have been asked to take down the video if it ap­pears on­line.

Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice have also been in­formed of the in­ci­dent and video, the school said.

In a state­ment Alun Wil­liams, the CEO of the Mid­somer Nor­ton Schools Part­ner­ship, of which Beechen Cliff is a mem­ber, said other stu­dents alerted staff to the video af­ter it was cir­cu­lated.

Mr Wil­liams said he was “proud” of the swift ac­tions from other stu­dents in recog­nis­ing the video to be wrong.

He went on to say that it sig­ni­fies a “change of cul­ture” within the school.

Mr Wil­liams said: “On Satur­day night a boarder at Beechen Cliff made and shared on so­cial me­dia a deeply in­ap­pro­pri­ate video. Other stu­dents saw this video and re­ported its con­tent to staff who acted quickly to take it down from so­cial me­dia and re­spond to the in­ci­dent. The pupil was re­moved from the board­ing house and yes­ter­day was per­ma­nently re­moved from the school.

“We are very proud of the ac­tions of the stu­dents at Beechen Cliff in recog­nis­ing the con­tent of the video as prej­u­di­cial and bravely re­port­ing it. The swift ac­tion by stu­dents and staff demon­strates the changed cul­ture at the school where pupils are chal­lenged about in­ap­pro­pri­ate views.

“I am deeply im­pressed that the boys and girls at the school, and the boys within the board­ing fa­cil­ity, feel able to chal­lenge and re­port ac­tions and be­hav­iours that go against the school’s val­ues, code of con­duct and ex­pec­ta­tions as good well­rounded young peo­ple. This type of ac­tion con­firms the ‘good’ grad­ing the board­ing fa­cil­ity re­ceived in March of this year from Of­sted.

“All so­cial me­dia plat­forms have been no­ti­fied to re­move footage and the po­lice have been in­formed.”

In July 2018, the school was rated as inad­e­quate by Of­sted af­ter in­spec­tors found lead­ers’ re­sponses to a “re­cent se­ri­ous safe­guard­ing in­ci­dent (had) been in­suf­fi­cient and too slow”.

“In ad­di­tion, lead­ers did not tell in­spec­tors about a re­cent racially mo­ti­vated in­ci­dent,” in­spec­tors said.

The school had pre­vi­ously been rated out­stand­ing.

Last year, Beechen Cliff head teacher An­drew Davies spoke can­didly about how the school coped with the in­ci­dent and its af­ter­math and how it is mov­ing on.

❝ The swift ac­tion by stu­dents and staff demon­strates the changed cul­ture at the school where pupils are chal­lenged about in­ap­pro­pri­ate views Alun Wil­liams

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