Get Schools To Start Taking Proper Authority Against Discrimination In Their Grounds.

Get Schools To Start Taking Proper Authority Against Discrimination In Their Grounds.

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Ava Gilbert started this petition to Headteachers Of Schools and

Discrimination in schools around the UK has grown to a ridiculous level. From slurs to disrespectful remarks, a lot of the people who are apart of minorities get no justice; even if it has been reported properly. A lot of people are constantly harassed because the parts of themselves in which they have no control over.

People of colour, whether it is a teacher or a student, are often shamed and called racial slurs. One student quotes that 'the majority of my year used slurs against me and words like slave, etc. When I tried to report it, nothing got done by the school or the police. I felt uncomfortable to the point I had to leave. This proves that even if the incident gets reported, most of time, nothing happens. The most the abuser gets is a day in isolation; this is what's causing the issues. Not only is racism towards people of colour normalised, so is racism towards asian people. Especially with the recent coronavirus, some asian children are dreading to go back to school because they know and are expecting to get called names such as 'bat eater' and get asked 'why they started corona.' Especially on TV and in the media, we are exposed to a lot of racism towards asian people, this needs to stop. Asian people have reported a rise in racism and discrimination since the coronavirus started. 


Members of the LGTBQ+ are shamed and called slurs in which they know they're not meant to say, but say it anyway. Most of the time, the abusers call it a 'joke' and say they didn't mean it. Playing it off as a joke, suggests that they find the struggles in which LGBTQ+ people went through to get to where they are today funny. And something to joke about, which it is nothing of the sort. Especially on social media, slurs like f/ggot are commonly used when people are describing something they don't like, don't approve of, or if they just see a LGBTQ+ person in general. I feel like if LGBTQ+ history is taught in school, this will get people to realise why what they're saying is completely disrespectful and offensive. Not only this, but less hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ members are being solved. Since 2017 (when they were only at 20% and 15%) the amount has gone down considerably fast. The number now reaching a low of 15% for homophobia and less than 5% for transphobia. I understand that this may go against some peoples religious beliefs, but in my opinion, that doesn't justify a person being discriminatory towards a LGBTQ+ person. 


Sexism is everywhere at school. Sexual harassment, sexist language and gender stereotypes are everywhere. I believe, one of the main causes of this is the uniform policy towards girls. Whether it may be that their skirt it 'too short' or 'showing too much skin,' this makes me and a lot of other girls in schools feel ashamed. One student quotes that their headteacher said that they were removing skirts because it made it look like girls at the school were 'asking for it.' Girls are treated like sexual objects the moment they get into Year 7. One thing that makes me personally angry is that sexual harassment isn't taken care of properly. Sexual harassment has a detrimental impact on girls’ confidence and self-worth. This needs to stop.


Misogynist language is very common in school. Used by both teachers and students. Teachers use phrases like 'I need a few strong boys to carry this' or 'boys are stronger than girls on many different levels.' Language like this leads to sexist stereotypes. Suggesting that girls and boys will never be on the same level. This causes many girls to think that they are less important. Which knocks their confidence.  And this causes many boys to think that they have complete power over the girls at their school. This leads to sexual harrasment. Including inappropriate comments, language towards the girl and sometimes, an advance on a girl. Sexual harassment at school is NOT taken seriously. This urgently needs to stop.

If this petition wins, I hope it goes onto the government, or makes schools across the UK actually take authority against the common discrimination which happens in their grounds.

Thanks. 

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