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Alarm over Nazi salutes in class.

RACISM in the classroom is rising, with scores of teachers contacting charities for help in curbing pupils' hatred. Zak Cochrane, of Stand Up To Racism, said: "We have been told about children giving Nazi salutes and making anti-Se-mitic comments. The n-word and p-word are also used and this has to stop. "One of the biggest issues is children sharing or writing Islamophobic or racist comments on social media. This spiked after the Paris attacks. We also hear from staff raising concerns that children are being negatively influenced by the all too common scapegoating of migrants, Muslims and refugees in politics.

"Frequent negative reporting of these groups creates distorted images and can sow the seeds of hatred and division. "At the last general election, when immigration was regularly discussed, particularly by Ukip, we were getting many reports of children making anti-migrant comments in the classroom, suggesting the migrants 'should all go back home'. "One Essex school did a mock election before last May and Ukip came top."

National Union of Teachers acting general secretary Kevin Courtney said: "We will circulate advice about effective anti-racist resources and strategies."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2016
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