Hate doesn't belong here, say young people of Richmond

Release Date: 17 July 2018

Over 50 young people from Twickenham, Ham, Hampton and Kingston came together last week to discuss hate crime and prejudice in the UK.

Students from Kingston Academy, Orleans, Tiffin Girls, Coombe Girls, Hampton High, Brentford School for Girls and Buckingham Primary School discussed media portrayal of refugees and immigrants, stereotyping of different groups and the relation between hate crime and racist bullying in school or on social media.

Organised by Achieving for Children, attendees heard from two inspirational speakers, Ravi Arora from Richmond Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group and Mike Ainsworth from Stop Hate UK.

They also watched a video on the issue made by young people from Ham Youth Centre. This video and lesson plans are now being shared across all schools in the borough.

Cllr Penny Frost, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Young People, said:

“This was a really inspirational conference where young people could have valuable discussions on hate crime, sharing experiences, ideas and solutions.

“Hate crime can have a debilitating effect on victims and their families, as well as on the wider community. I want everyone to feel safe and able to lead a fulfilling lifestyle choice, free from hostility or harassment.

“It was clear that all those who attended shared that view and I am sure that as the video and education pack is shared across the borough, even more youngsters will stand up and say that hate crime has no place in today’s society.”

Fifteen year old, Bella Slimani, said:

“Although Richmond upon Thames is quite a tolerant place, this workshop has made me think about the importance of challenging prejudice and how hate crime relates to racist bullying in school and on social media. We should all stand up and say hate crime is not acceptable."

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Reference: P352/18

Updated: 31 July 2018