Not Saussure

October 13, 2006

Racist bullying on Stornoway?

Filed under: Education, press — notsaussure @ 7:03 pm

The BBC reports that

A schoolgirl who claims to have suffered two years of anti-English bullying is preparing to take legal action against her local council.

Sophie Parks, 17, claims that she suffered cuts, bruises and racist abuse at the hands of fellow pupils at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, Lewis.

She may take action against Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) for failing to protect her.

The authority declined to comment on the case because of possible action.

Sophie has since left the island to attend sixth form college in Sheffield. She said she suffered verbal abuse from other girls because she was English.

She said: “It started as physical then it became more verbal and lots of other people got involved.

“I had to put up with kicking, shouting, screaming – and when they got me on my own they would beat me up.”

What they don’t report, though The Times does, along with considerably more details of Sophie’s and her mother’s account of the bullying, is that

Sophie’s comments come a week after Molly Campbell, the 12-year-old schoolgirl also known as Misbah Rana who fled the Isle of Lewis to live with her father in Pakistan, and is now at the centre of an international custody battle, claimed that she had suffered racial abuse in Stornoway. Molly had also attended the Nicolson Institute.

Somehow, I suspect Sophie’s stated reasons for wanting to leave Stornoway and live with other members of her family are more likely to be taken at face value — and would be, even if she didn’t have her mother’s support — than were young Molly/Mibah’s stated reasons when first reported in the tabloids.

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