More than 2,200 racist incidents in schools

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today encouraged the Scottish Government to consider how it can tackle racist incidents in schools after research from the party revealed more than 2,200 incidents in the past three years. 

Freedom of information requests answered by 28 of the 32 local authorities recorded 2,251 racists incidents between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Four local authorities (Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Highland and West Lothian) did not provide figures. 

Commenting on the data, Beatrice Wishart said: 

“No one should go to school afraid that they will face racist abuse but these figures show that racist incidents remain a stubborn stain on Scottish schooling. 

“All forms of bullying need to be challenged effectively. That means accurate recording and monitoring of bullying so that the right interventions can be put in place to stamp these incidents out. 

“The Black Lives Matter movement has encouraged us all to think about racial injustice and to reflect on Scotland’s own history. By and large Scotland is a great place to live but learning the lessons of the past will allow us to do even better in the future."

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