Police inquiry over Bath school 'mock slave auction'

The boy was allegedly tied to a lampost and whipped in a "mock slave auction".

Royal Crescent, Bath

A group of school pupils allegedly chained a black student to a lamppost and whipped him in a "mock slave auction".

Police are investigating the allegation, which happened at a school in Bath, and said it was taking it "extremely seriously".

Six boys aged 15 and 16 have voluntarily attended interviews, Avon and Somerset Police said.

The incident in January was initially reported by the Bath Chronicle.

It said the pupil was prodded with sticks and called "extreme racist names".

Police are due to interview another person over the incident.

The school's board of governors has refused to expel three pupils, according to the paper.

One parent of a mixed race pupil at the school said the incident was filmed on Snapchat and circulated among pupils.

She said: "I didn't see it but I heard he was tied to a tree and prodded with sticks in a mock slave auction and they used racist language.

"I know it was a game they all played, the white boys as well, but the mock auction saw this boy being really humiliated and he was apparently panicking.

"What they did was very stupid and they don't deserve to have their lives ruined but I think the school need to be more open with parents."

A letter has been sent to parents saying the report "related to a single incident of unacceptable behaviour within the school grounds" and a full investigation had been carried out.

The letter said: "You can be assured that the school has taken this incident exceptionally seriously and that our absolute priority was, and remains, that the right path is taken for all those involved as well as the wider school community.

"Given the on-going police investigation and the need to protect all those involved, you will understand that it has been necessary to maintain confidentiality and consequently that the school does not wish to comment further."

The parent said the school had not communicated enough over the incident and was concerned there were not enough staff on duty to supervise children at lunch-time.

She added: "I know the boy concerned and he just wanted it to be forgotten about. But it is a huge school with apparently one dinner lady on duty and this is not the first I have heard of bullying incidents filmed on Snapchat."

The story has fuelled angry debate on Twitter, including from Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy.

Date: 14 March 2018 | Source: BBC

More UK News

Asos to ban silk, cashmere and mohair from its website

The fashion retailer updates its animal welfare policy to say its site will be free of the materials..

Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government

But Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the ban on recreational use of the drug will continue

Ineos loses fracking 'ban' challenge

Petrochemical firm Ineos loses its Court of Session challenge to the "effective ban" on fracking in ..

Missing man's police drone rescue in Norfolk 'a miracle'

Peter Pugh, 75, was found up to his armpits in a muddy creek nearly a day after going missing

Microbead ban: Here are some natural alternatives

As the sale of products with microbeads is banned, skincare experts recommend the best alternatives..

Legalising cannabis: What you need to know

The debate on legalising cannabis has been reignited by the case of a 12-year-old boy with epilepsy..
View More

More Telford News

 Tip-off to Telford councillor led to police cannabis raid

Information passed to a Telford & Wrekin councillor led to a cannabis ..

 Trapped badgers rescued from pipe near Newport

Two trapped badgers were to lucky to be found and rescued by the RSPCA aft..

 Pupils steering through challenge as school Stem contest hots up - with video

Budding young inventors have been hard at work as part of the MNA Stem Cha..

 Telford's Got Talent finals: Winner takes it all as duo Intrigue walks away with top prize - with video and pictures

It was winner takes it all when singing duo Intrigue walked away with the ..

 Further arrests made in connection with Telford assault

Police have now made four arrests in connection with an assault in Telford ..

 Motorhome company gives runner a ‘lift’ ahead of 95-mile marathon

A motorhome company from Telford has given ultra-runner Keith Robins, the l..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

14 Jul 2018

8:30am - 6pm

Adult (16 - 64) - £15

Child (5 -15) - £5.00

Senior (65+) - £14.00

Family - £35

View Details

15 Jul 2018

11am - 4pm

Free Entry

View Details

21 Jul 2018

Saturday - 10am - 5pm

Sunday - 10am - 6.30pm

A ticketed charity gala open-air concert in aid of the Severn Hospice, Brass Night of the Proms, will take place on Saturday evening, 9th July from 7.30pm. Compered by BBC Radio Shropshire presenter, Eric Smith, it will feature the Ifton Colliery Band and the Band of the Royal Signals; covered seating will be provided, or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the grass. Please visit the website for more information.

View Details

04 Aug 2018

Practice starts at 4pm on Friday 3 August

Racing starts on Saturday 4 August at 12noon and Sunday 6 August at 10.30am


View Details
View More