Here there be monsters (socratic) wrote,
Here there be monsters
socratic

British police are on the job. Making sure that the most heinous crimes in all of Britain are handled by a crack squad of sensitivity officers. Beware those who would dare to say the wrong thing or not want to do a school project with non-English speakers. Your days are numbered. Murderers, robbers, hooligans? Carry on good sirs. You're doing god's work!

Racism is bad.

Police-State overreactions to reasonable requests are worse.

There is no version of this story that merits the involvement of the police. If she made racist comments the school can punish her. Ever heard of detention? Suspension? A stern talking to?

Can ANYONE, especially a Brit, defend police involvement here? Racist remarks are heinous, but should NEVER be a crime. If someone wants to call me Kikey Mc should-have-died-in-Auschwitz or whatever, let them. They're only exposing themselves as bigots. And there are legitimate reasons not to want to work with someone who can't communicate with you. There are also legitimate reasons to be forced to do so by your teacher. There is no reason for police involvement whatsoever.
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