Teenager charged

Pupil al­leged to have sent racially abu­sive mes­sage

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY JAMES SIMP­SON

A YOUNG teenage girl has been charged with send­ing a racially abu­sive mes­sage to an­other teenager.

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed it re­ceived a com­plaint re­gard­ing a teenage fe­male pupil at Dundee’s Mor­gan Academy al­legedly re­ceiv­ing a mes­sage via Snapchat.

The fam­ily of the other pupil made a re­port to po­lice at the week­end.

A spokesman for the force said: “Po­lice Scot­land can con­firm that it re­ceived a com­plaint re­gard­ing a teenage school­girl from the Sto­b­swell area of Dundee re­ceiv­ing a racially abu­sive mes­sage via the Snapchat mes­sage app on Satur­day.

“An­other teenage girl was charged with the of­fence and a re­port has been sent to the Youth Jus­tice As­ses­sor for con­sid­er­a­tion.”

This in­ci­dent comes just days af­ter the Evening Tele­graph re­ported that a girl had been filmed at­tack­ing a boy at the school. The video showed a group of stu­dents cor­ner­ing a class­mate dur­ing a lunch break.

The clip starts when a teen ap­pears to be cow­er­ing in the cor­ner, hold­ing on to his school bag as a girl starts to con­front him.

A male pupil ap­pears to try to in­ter­vene be­fore the sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lates.

Last month, par­ents at St Paul’s RC Academy hit out af­ter their daugh­ters were forced out of the class­room.

The par­ents claimed their daugh­ters had been on the re­ceiv­ing end of a pro­longed pe­riod of ver­bal abuse.

Mary­field coun­cil­lor Ge­or­gia Cruickshank said she con­demned racism in all its forms.

She said: “This is ob­vi­ously a cause for con­cern. I con­demn any form of racism.

“There is a myth that racism has been stamped out in Scot­land, but it does still ex­ist. I re­alise that schools are lim­ited in how they can con­trol the way chil­dren use so­cial me­dia.

“Chil­dren don’t re­alise the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of their ac­tions and the com­ments that they say can be hurt­ful.

“There is def­i­nitely a call for more to be done in school to make chil­dren aware of the im­pact of their ac­tions.”

It is al­leged a pupil at Mor­gan Academy, pic­tured, re­ceived the mes­sage.

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