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Boy left ‘traumatised’ after racist slurs written on shirt

RACISM: Juliet Ryan's son's leaving shirt (Image: Sky News)

A BOY has been left “distraught and traumatised” after students at his school wrote racist messages on his school leaving shirt.

Juliet Ryan’s 15-year-old son came home after celebrating his last day at school only to find that pupils had written racist slurs on his shirt alongside farewell messages.

Ryan noticed the slurs on the shirt before her son.

Shedding tears on Sky News as she recounted discovering the messages, Ryan spoke about how the event has affected her and her son.

She told Sky News: "He came through the door, he was bouncy and really happy it was his last day at school.

"I looked at the back of his shirt and underneath the neck area it had the N-word written on it.

"It had coon written on it twice and then it had 'go back to the jungle' written on it.

The chief executive of equalities charity Working Action Group cried when she found out that her son had been subjected to racism on his last day at school.

She said: "He was distraught, he's traumatised.

"I was quite upset because it's racial hatred, it's racial discrimination, it's against the law."

Ryan said that her son had previously suffered from racism at the school in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, which has not yet been named, and that she did not feel the matters had been taken "as seriously as I thought they should have been".

"I don't think they were dealing with the undercurrent and overt racism my son suffered from for almost three years," she said.

"We feel like it's going back in time, I faced severe racism when I was at school, also in Essex, and its affected me in more ways than one."

The incident has been reported to the police, who have recorded it as a hate crime, Ryan said.

The school told Sky News that it "does not tolerate racism or prejudice in any shape or form. We always act swiftly and decisively whenever any incidents that fall below our expectations are brought to our attention. This incident was immediately reported to the police by the school and we will conduct a full investigation”.

Sky News presenters Stephen Dixon, who spoke to Ryan alongside Gillian Joseph, responded to tweets in support of her and her son.

Dixon tweeted: “Thank you for all your tweets today about Juliet Ryan and her son. It's good to know that there is so much support for the family out there and that people are as disgusted by this racist bullying as we are. This needs to end right now. No place for racism in Britain in 2018.”

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