School race hate crime reports almost double in a year

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Reports of race-related hate crimes have increased by 44% in schools in Leeds over the space of a year.

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Figures from Leeds City Council show the total number of incidents logged rose from 270 to 390.

Patrick Murphy, from the National Union of Teachers, said: “I am not surprised by the figures.

“You can get improvements in reporting these figures, but I don’t think that would explain the level of jump here.

“I think some of the progress of the work that has been done over the last 10 to 15 years has been eroded by the atmosphere around Brexit. It’s empowered a negative attitude towards other people.”

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, executive member for learning, skills and employment, said he was “troubled” by the increase.

“It’s really important that schools and other education settings know how to deal with hate incidents, so children and young people know from an early age it will not be tolerated and victims can be supported,” he said.

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