Mum's fury as her daughter, 13, is forced to move schools after horrific racist abuse

News: Mum’s fury as her daughter, 13, is forced to move schools after horrific racist abuse

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A mum has spoken of her fury after her 13-year-old daughter was forced to move schools in an attempt to escape horrific racist abuse.

Hannah Blake, from Ruskington, had been a student at St George’s Academy in the village, but over the summer has been forced to move to a new school 18 miles away.

It comes after she was subjected to vile racist abuse from students in her year, the most recent of which saw her hounded on the street by a group of people while visiting a friend.

Hannah’s mum, Victoria, says it is “absolutely disgusting” that anyone should be subjected to racist abuse in this day and age.

“The first time she was abused was when she was four years old, when she was called the n-word by a boy in Year 6 at her school,” she said.

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“We moved to Ruskington two years ago, my husband worked in the RAF for 32 years. We thought it would be nice for Hannah to be able to walk to school.

“Since moving here she’s been called slave and the n-word. It’s disgusting – it’s nearly 2020, we should be moving on from this.”

Victoria says a group of boys from Hannah’s year at school are responsible for the bulk of the abuse.

“She’s got text messages from the boys,” she said. “One said ‘my granddad would shoot you’. She received a message telling her to go away and hang herself.”

Hannah (centre bottom), with sister Leah Hammatt (left), dad Leroy (centre top) and mum Victoria (right).
(Image: Victoria Blake)

In messages seen by Lincolnshire Live, one boys writes: “I don’t like u cuz u r black”, going on to says “Lmao and my grandad would shoot u”.

In a message received after reporting the abuse to the police, one boy insults Hannah, saying she is “playing the race card” saying she should not have called the police over “so called racism” before calling her a “snitch”.

Over the summer Hannah moved to a new school in Grantham in an attempt to get away from the abuse.

“She was very upset on her first day at her new school, so I asked St George’s if there might be a possibility of bringing her back as long as the boys were kept away from her,” she said.

“They said the school can’t keep the boys away from her and won’t be able to stop them saying what they want to her.”

Despite Hannah moving schools, the abuse is still continuing – while she was in Ruskington with a friend on Friday, September 6, she was surrounded by a group of youths shouting abuse at her.

In a video of the incident you can hear people shouting the n-word at her, while one boy can also be heard saying he’ll spit on Hannah the next time he sees her.

Victoria says she is “seething” about the most recent incident and believes it has reaffirmed her decision to move schools.

“I am absolutely seething,” she said. “When me and her sister saw that video we were in tears.

“When I took her to school this morning she didn’t want to get out of the car, although she did come home on Friday with a smile on her face.

“She had wanted to go back to the other school, but I can’t let her while those boys are still there.”

One of the messages received
(Image: Hannah Blake)

Laranya Caslin, principal of St George’s Academy, said there was a limited amount she could say due to the involvement of the police.

However, she added: “What I can say is that we have an excellent working relationship with our local police and work closely with them in matters of this nature, finding them incredibly supportive. 

“Any school sanctions on matters reported to the police are decided in liaison with police, after their investigation is concluded.

“It is beyond the remit of the school to deal with issues that happen outside of school hours, during the summer holidays or on social media.

“We do have a robust anti-bullying policy in place and believe that we adhere to it. We also do have a ban on mobile phones in school and misuse of social media is one of the main reasons for that.”

Lincolnshire Police says it has been informed about the abuse and is in the process of speaking to those involved.

“We received a call on August 19 reporting race hate comments made to a teenager,” a spokesperson said.

“A crime of malicious communications was recorded, and one person, a male teenager, voluntarily attended an interview.

“A referral has been made to the Youth Offending Service.”

In reference to the second incident, a spokesperson said: “A 13-year-old girl was the victim of a hate crime (verbal racist abuse) and this happened near the village park in Ruskington. The suspects are a group of boys believed to be around the same age.

“We are investigating and any witnesses or people with information should call 101 quoting incident 458 of September 6 please.

“Alternatively people can email Force.Control@lincs.pnn.police.uk quoting the incident number or make a report anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”



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