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Black schoolgirl suspended for 'questioning Remembrance Day'

REMEMBRANCE: Sunday November 11 marked 100 years since the end of the First World War

A BLACK schoolgirl who questioned why she should care about Remembrance Day when so many people don't care about Black History Month has been suspended for expressing these views, her mother has said.

The girl, who attends St Michael’s Catholic College in Southwark, is understood to have been suspended and sent to a pupil referral unit for two weeks.

Cherie Johnson, the unnamed girl’s mother, told Operation Black Vote: “A number of staff members labelled my daughter a racist, and that she distributed racist material.”

Johnson’s daughter displayed a poster at her school which read: “37 million people died during WW1, but 60 million people died during slavery. Why should I care about remembrance, when they can’t show any respect for us during Black History Month.”

The schoolgirl, who is due to sit her mock exams, has been accused of vandalising school property, distributing material with inappropriate and offensive language and behaviour contrary to the ethos of the college.

Johnson said: "What do I do? My child is at a critical age, exams around the corner, and now this. The school called me up and said that my daughter was sending racist material around the school, but this is not racist it’s just a reflection of what some young people feel. It's challenging but, how is this racist?”

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