14 Year-Old Arrested For Refusing To Study With Non- English Pupils

  1. [​IMG] Codie Stott: The 14-year-old schoolgirl was arrested for racism and spent three-and-a-half hours in police custody

    A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.
    Codie Stott's family claim she was forced to spend three-and-a-half hours in a police cell after she was reported by her teachers.

    The 14-year-old - who was released without charge - said it had been a simple matter of commonsense and accused the school and police of an over-the-top reaction.

    The incident happened in the same local education authority where a ten-year-old boy was prosecuted earlier this year for calling a schoolfriend racist names in the playground, a move branded by a judge "political correctness gone mad."

    Codie was attending a GCSE science class at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, when the incident happened.
    The teenager had not been in school the day before due to a hospital appointment and had missed the start of a project, so the teacher allocated her a group to sit with.

    "She said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils," said Codie yesterday.
    "Only one could speak English, so she 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.
    She only returned to lessons this week and has been put in a different science class.

    Yesterday Miss Stott, 37, a cleaner, 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."
    Miss Stott, who is separated from Codie and her 18-year-old brother Ashley's father, lives with her partner Keith Seanor, a 36-year-old cable layer, in Walkden.

    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.
    But they say her comments afterwards raised further concerns, for example allegedly referring to the students as "blacks" - something she denied yesterday.
    The school is now investigating exactly what happened before deciding what action - if any - to take against Codie.
    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."
    Fewer than two per cent of pupils at Harrop Fold come from an ethnic minority.

    It had the worst GCSE results in the entire Salford LEA last year with just 15 per cent of pupils achieving five good passes including English and maths, a third of the national average.
    Since being placed in special measures, Ofsted inspectors say it has improved, not least as a result of Dr Edkins's "outstanding" leadership.
    Salford was at the centre of a storm last April after a ten-year-old boy was hauled before a court for allegedly calling an 11-year-old mixed race pupil a 'P**i' and 'Bin Laden' in a playground argument at a primary school in Irlam.
    When the case came before District Judge Jonathan Finestein he said the decision to prosecute showed "how stupid the whole system is getting".
    But was himself fiercely attacked by teaching union leaders for "feeding a pernicious agenda" that aided the BNP.

    The prosecution was eventually dropped.
    Last night 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."

    "I'm sure this sort of thing happens all the time, but it's a sad reflection on the school if they can't deal with it without involving the police."
    "A lot of these arrests don't result in prosecutions - they aim is to frighten us into self-censorship until we watch everything we say." Greater Manchester Police denied Codie had been kept in a cell but would not comment further.
  2. wow. it is getting rather sticky isn't it? if every kid that ever called me a racist derogatory name in school got thrown in jail, they would have had to create a whole cell block just for kids.
    if she really approached her teacher innocently claiming that she could not discuss the project with the others in her group due to the language barrier, her teacher should have put her with english speaking students and that would have been that.
    I think there is so much more here going on with this teacher and school that its hard to say who is wrong.
    what the hell is wrong with our school system? if english needs to be the universal language so that all the students/teachers can communicate and learn in the US so be it. Provide that class for them. those kids can teach their parents english as well because of that. But in return, I think its just as important for US english speaking students to speak another language as well. I think if we end up forcing kids to speak english, teach them. But then, our english speaking kids should HAVE to learn another language as well (of their choosing). they do this in Europe for petes sake.
  3. it's illegal for a 14 yr old to refuse to sit w/ people outside their race?

    It could be offensive, sure, but illegal?
  4. ^ Swank, I'm asking myself the same question....
  5. Something seems fishy & I'd need to know where the article came from before I could make a judgement. Also, notice it's in England & their tabloids are infamously inaccurate & needlessly sensational. My reaction will be very different if it's from a legitimate news source than if it's from a tabloid. Can you post the source ? Thanks.

    I just googled "Civitas", who's deputy director was quoted in the article, & it's a fringe, extremist organization & this article reads almost exactly like their website. I'm thinking it's propaganda.
  6. It seems like this article is one sided... who knows what that girl did/said to them.
  7. ^^^What exactly was the crime...I mean the actual law broken. It can't be a hate crime, because a hate crime needs a crime first, then it gets the 'hate' attached as special circumstances.

    This is ridiculous. I know we don't know the whole story, but come on.

    Edit: Ok, I can't find an article either...please site the source...Thanks
  8. There are areas of Northern England that have racial tensions (sometimes coming from both sides) and probably why this story mads it into a Newspaper. Some people outside the UK many not know that the Daily Mail is a right-wing semi tabloid that loves to right about any matter that does not fall in line with white, middle class Britain.

    That said, calling the Police over something like this is a waste of time and resources! She spoke up because she couldn't get her schoolwork done - should she have kept quite, done no work and then recveived a bad grade instead? Ridiculous! I am slightl Suspicious that the teacher was either a crazy PC-nut or had something personal against this girl.

    I have another suspicion that the Daily mail published this story as a sneaky way of making a young 14 year old girl look like a victim of multi-cultural Britan. (poor-child-cannot-even-do-schoolwork-becuase-of-foreign-immigrants-who-don't-speak-English)
  9. Yeahs this story is very one-sided and sensationalistic...I'm sure there is probably more to the story. I would of spoke up as well, because getting good grades is important to me. Of course I would have been tactful about the situation.

    I don't understand how it is illegal, because like someone else said if all the poeple in my high school got arrested for making racial comments then most of the school and faculty would be in jail. sheesh
  10. It seems to be harsh.. jail for 14yrs old wont make things better!

  11. very likely. i hate the daily mail :yucky: :cursing:
  12. This is my favourite part of the article -'It's racist, you're going to get done by the police'." WTF? lol! What teacher says that "you're going to get done by the police" perhaps the teacher needs enroll in some english classes.
    A teacher of all people should not be freaking out like that, it's unprofessional.

    I wonder if she did indeed call the other students "blacks" really who knows unless you were there...but it's the entirely wrong way to handle it.

  13. aah britishisms :biggrin:

    and i was going to tell you off for spelling it enroll but that appears to be the american spelling, lucky i checked or it could've been embarrassing :lol:
    it's enrol in british.
  14. aha! I hope I wasn't offensive, I realize it's slang, I just think its funny coming from a teacher.:flowers:
  15. With the way the world is going with it's PCness I wouldn't be surprised if this really did/could happen.:rolleyes: I really don't see how she did anything wrong. Since when is it racist to not want to work with someone because you don't understand them? :confused1: