Monday, 5 February 2007

The PC fever swamp

Surely PC Madness can't have gone this far?

Yes, I'm afraid so. Your Savant felt himself inured to anything that emerged from the PC fever swamps, but even I was stunned by this item (BBC and Telegraph). This 14 year-old schoolgirl is assigned to a science project where the participants are broken into groups of around 4 and 5 at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester. Only problem is that all the others spoke only Urdu, and Cody Stott, for it was she, could speak only English (a bad idea in Britain just now). When she pointed out the educational limitations of such a structure she was quickly moved to an English-speaking group. Well no, she wasn’t actually. In fact, she was arrested.

Cody said: "She (the teacher) said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils. The five then began talking in a language i didn't understand, so i went to speak to the teacher. I said 'I'm not being funny, but can I change groups because I can't understand them?' But she started shouting and screaming, saying 'It's racist, you're going to get done by the police'."

Codie said she went outside to calm down where another teacher found her and, after speaking to her class teacher, put her in isolation for the rest of the day. It gets better. A complaint was made to a police officer based full-time at the school (!), and more than a week after the incident she was taken to Swinton police station and placed under arrest.

"They told me to take my laces out of my shoes and remove my jewellery, and I had my fingerprints and photograph taken," said Codie. "It was awful." After questioning on suspicion of committing a section five racial public order offence, her mother Nicola says she was placed in a bare cell for three-and-a-half hours then released without charge. She only returned to lessons this week and has been put in a different science class.

Headteacher Dr Antony Edkins said: "An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark by one student towards a group of Asian students new to the school and new to the country." "We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards people and pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form."

Does that include whites, Anto?

2 comments:

Steven J. said...

Dr Antony Edkins is one of the most respected educators in the UK. He has received several rwards and has been recognised in several international forums. Your description doesnt ring true.

Anonymous said...

Harrop Fold High School in Worsley

Now I have been to that superschool, its built like a Prison, indeed when i got into reception a young lad ran out of the bulding pursued by 5 teachers....., its all security swipe card , CCTVd and high fences, a horrible place

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