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Friday, October 20, 2006

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Politically correct school arrest fiasco.

School girl arrested for having the 'common sense' to speak out.

The below report from the Daily Mail has left me gob-smacked. Goodness knows what would have happened to a 'real' crime suspect. Surely common sense should have prevailed. Even the greenest of the green probationer...... Oh sorry...... I forgot, it's the year 2006 and we live in The People's Republic of New Labour.

Codie Scott, a teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students in a science 'discussion' group because most of them did not speak English.

Codie Said: "Only one could speak English, so she (the teacher) had to tell that one what to do so she could explain in their language. Then she sat me with them and said 'Discuss'."

According to Codie, the five - four boys and a girl - then began talking in a language she didn't understand, thought to be Urdu, so she went to speak to the teacher.

"I said 'I'm not being funny, but can I change groups because I can't understand them?' But she started shouting and screaming, saying 'It's racist, you're going to get done by the police'."

Codie said she went outside to calm down where another teacher found her and, after speaking to her class teacher, put her in isolation for the rest of the day.

A complaint was made to a police officer based full-time at the school, and more than a week after the incident on September 26 she was taken to Swinton police station and placed under arrest.

"They told me to take my laces out of my shoes and remove my jewellery, and I had my fingerprints and photograph taken," said Codie. "It was awful."

After questioning on suspicion of committing a section five racial public order offence, her mother Nicola says she was placed in a bare cell for three-and-a-half hours then released without charge.

Codie's mother 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. She'd have been better off not saying anything and getting into trouble for not being able to do the work."

School insiders acknowledge that at least three of the students Codie refused to sit with had recently arrived in this country and spoke little English.

Headteacher Dr Antony Edkins said: "An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark by one student towards a group of Asian students new to the school and new to the country. We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards people and pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form."

Robert Whelan, deputy director of the Civitas think-tank, said: "It's obviously common sense that pupils who don't speak English cause problems for other pupils and for teachers."

Greater Manchester Police denied Codie had been kept in a cell but would not comment further.

My favourite reader's comment posted on this subject :

"1960's communist USSR alive and kicking in Britian 2006 and a minimum of 3 1/2 years until the next election. I'm not sure the British public can wait that long."

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