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Classroom ‘racism’ arrest? October 15, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in arrest, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Race, Racism, Racist.

A schoolgirl has been arrested for allegedly making racist remarks to Asian pupils because they did not speak English.

Codie Stott, 14, was reported by teachers at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, after she refused to study with her Asian classmates.

Codie was asked to sit with a group of five Asian pupils as part of a science class project.

She said the four girls and one boy began talking in a language she did not understand, believed to be Urdu, and she asked to be removed from the group.

The youngster said she was then accused of being racist and was put in an isolation unit by the teacher.

The matter was referred to the community police officer based at the school and she was arrested and taken to Swinton police station more than a week after the incident on September 26.

Greater Manchester Police said Codie had been questioned in a juvenile unit, not a police cell.

A spokesman said: “A 14-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of a Section 5 racial public order offence. She was questioned before being released without charge.”

Her mother, Nicola Stott, 37, said: “Codie was not being racist. The reaction from the school and police is totally over the top and I am furious my daughter had to go through this trauma when all she was saying was common sense.”

The school is investigating what happened before deciding on what action to take against Codie.

Source: itv.com

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