The whole of year 8 experienced hate crime awareness in a day full of challenging activities that led them to unite as a school community against hate crime.
A powerful message of what a hate crime is began the day. It is:
“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s alternative sub-culture identity, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
In the opening presentation, delivered by Lesley Davidson (Bury Council) and Jane Watson (GMP), scenarios that covered all the prejudices were examined. Students were also told how to report a hate crime.
The students then left to go into classrooms and delve deeper into each area of prejudice to gain a clear understanding. They had one lesson on each of the following: race and religion, alternative subculture, disability and sexual orientation. The discussions were excellently facilitated by our student mentors.
The whole ethos of the day left them in no doubt how damaging these crimes are to the victims and why hate crime must not be tolerated.
See below: Our year 8 students working through the tasks supported by student mentors