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The Sun joins Ukip in monstering Roma gypsies and their ‘thug’ children

by | 20th, December 2014

In a Gypsy camp near Marburg, Germany, Romany children show the need for haircuts and clothes, July 16, 1947. Though the Nazis attempted to root out the Gypsies of Europe as "non-Aryans," many thousands survive to roam at will along Europe's roads. They shrug off post-war governments attempts to make them settle down. (AP Photo/B.I. Sanders)

 

The Sun tells of “The gypsy thugs bringing terror to our classrooms”.

Beneath a photo of “Defiant, Lorraine Larkings and son Rhys, who was beaten up at school”, we read a “SUN INVESTIGATION By STEWART WHITTINGHAM”.

AS Gangnam Style blares out, a ten-strong crowd of Slovak gypsy boys march down the school corridor. One pulls a homemade knife from his sock and waves it menacingly at a scared 11-year-old.

At other schools similar gangs, some armed with knuckledusters, are also bringing terror to lunchtimes, causing violent fights in the playground and intimidating girls.

Shockingly, one 13-year-old girl was ordered to perform a sex act on a young thug in a school canteen.

A Sun investigation has found these events are taking place not in poverty-stricken Eastern Europe — but the North of England.

Taking a knife to school is not part of the syllabus. Rape is not part of the syllabus. Rape is also illegal in gypsy law. The Sun adds:

Roma gypsies are the most persecuted minority in Europe. They have every right to be here as they come from EU countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia.

We learn there are 19,000 Roma children in UK schools. And you’re ready for the ‘but…’.

One female teacher in the city’s Gorton area — who asked not to be named — revealed: “They can be very disruptive and want to fight all the time. They are just not interested in the lessons….One teacher in north Manchester claimed a Roma girl brought in a big kitchen knife to scare some girls. She was only 12.

Is that a uniquely Roma thing, scaring other children with knives and listening to pop music played loud?

Channel 4 reported:

Almost 1,000 pupils caught carrying weapons in schools over the past three years, including guns, knives, axes and hammers. Plus 550 pupils excluded permanently for physical assault against an adult in 2011/12, and 470 excluded for verbal abuse or threatening behaviour. And more than half of teachers, according to one union , have faced verbal abuse or threats from students.

If you add this to the tragic scenes from Leeds, where much-loved teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed in a classroom on Monday, it is no surprise many are calling for safer schools.

Sounds grim. But there is no information on the weapon carriers’ racial backgrounds.

But in fact, our schools do seem to be getting safer. The figures above need the context from the graphic: these incidents are, as local police in Leeds have described Ann Maguire’s death, “isolated” if tragic. There are 8.2 million pupils in schools in England.

There has also been a slight decline in violence, according to recent statistics from the Department of Education. In 2009/10, 580 students were excluded for physical assault, and 630 for verbal abuse – these figures fell to 550 and 470 respectively the following year. In 2011, 365 pupils were caught with weapons in schools – in 2013, it was 250.

So. Some children carry knives and other weapons to school.

 

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So. Knives in school is a rare offence.

The Mail added:

The results of Freedom of Information requests to the UK’s 52 police forces show that officers confiscated 981 weapons – including handguns, air guns, knuckledusters, crowbars and lead piping from pupils between 2011 and 2013. Eighty of the youngsters were primary school pupils, including an eight-year-old caught carrying a knife.

Detectives have also investigated crimes in schools involving acid, boiling water, cigarette burning and one concerning a rope. According to the figures released, between 2009 and 2013, the most common weapon used in school in the West Midlands was a brick or a stone although over that period there were 177 incidents involving knives and other sharp implements.

Like a compass or a Swiss Army knife, perhaps.

But what about those Roma, why are they being singled out in the Sun ?

“When they first came here the children had never been to school. They were not even used to toilets, one had gone in the playground.”

Some British children just go in their pants.

In the Overcoming Barriers report, Ofsted said: “In the local authorities and schools visited, almost all Roma pupils arriving from Eastern Europe were new to speaking English… Schools initially had difficulty in engaging the pupils to adhere to school routines and to meet expectations for good behaviour.”

Inspectors also said police were asked to address pupils at a Derby primary following “a number of playground fights involving Roma”.

You can read the whole report online. We can read the Sun’s extract in context. It is also the same extract used by the Mail in  “ Schools struggling with influx of Roma children who can’t speak English”:

Where newly arrived Roma pupils have had little prior experience of formal education, schools and local authorities reported that initially they had difficulty in engaging the pupils to adhere to school routines and meet expectations for good behaviour. Conversely, Roma pupils who were well integrated into school and did not have interruptions to their education made good progress in their learning. [The Sun does mention that existing pupils are unaffected by new arrivals in a single line deep into the story.] However, their attainment remained low due to exceptionally low starting points.

School leaders reported that there had been no adverse effect on the achievement of other pupils already settled in their schools….

Oh, and:

Senior officers at the local authorities told inspectors that it was difficult to accurately keep track of pupils from highly mobile families. This was particularly difficult at secondary level, where high dropout rates among Roma pupils were not uncommon.

The Roma parents spoken to by inspectors consistently said that they were reluctant to state their children’s ethnicity for fear of discrimination. This leads to under-reporting of Roma pupil numbers that, in turn, makes it difficult to target resources effectively.

And the report talks of those playground fights:

The schools and local authorities reported to inspectors that many Roma pupils initially had difficulty in adhering to school routines and meeting expectations for good behaviour, especially where the pupils had little prior experience of formal education.

Some of the schools visited had been successful in reducing exclusion rates with their Roma populations. For example, in the two Derby primary schools visited, the behaviour of Roma pupils was no longer a continuing concern and one of the schools had worked successfully with the local community police on behaviour. These schools reported a low rate of behavioural issues and racism and their exclusion rates were well below the national average. In one primary school where a third of the population was of Roma background, just four out of 26 sanctions issued for misbehaviour in 2012/13 were given to Roma pupils. Between September 2013 and February 2014, none of the 10 sanctions had been issued to Roma pupils.

Community police officers spoken to in Derby said that, in one of the primary schools, they found an ‘open door’ with the headteacher when they wanted to work with pupils. They were invited into school after a number of playground fights involving Roma pupils. They introduced a game to teach all the children the rights and wrongs of behaviour. A Roma-speaking interpreter was available who knew local families well and parents were invited to attend. The police also approached a local secondary school but, at the time of the survey, had not had any success. In the experience of the police, engaging with secondary schools was harder.

So. School is about education. And it works. Who knew?

But the Sun ploughs on:

Our probe found the greatest flashpoints have come in the south Yorkshire city of Sheffield, where the number of Roma pupils has risen from 100 to 2,100 in five years.

One of the places struggling to cope with the influx is Wincobank Infants a typical, old fashioned British school.

A young mum, 25, whose eight-year-old daughter goes there, said: “There are just too many Roma going here. It’s madness that so many have been let into one school. There seems to be more Roma than British pupils. And because they don’t speak English so much time is spent on them. It’s not fair on my daughter’s education.”

The Ofsted reports points to a lack of funding and staff as reasons for

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