Seven white pupils have been suspended after holding a mock 'slave auction' in their school in Bath. The school has remained nameless to maintain the privacy of the children involved, but the story has been releasing through local media and has stunned local people. Apparently, the young black boy was tired to a lamppost, beaten with sticks and other children hurled racist abuse at him during a lunchtime break in his school. The school has since been hit by allegations of impropriety after it emerged that the school took the decision to conduct their own internal investigation after the 'slave auction' for two and a half weeks before finally notifying the police of the incident. In that time, the governors had held a meeting and decided not to exclude the boys.
The seven children who were involved in the assault were suspended from school at the time, and the headteacher took the decision to exclude them but the governors overruled his judgement and decided they should be able to stay at the school. The headteacher has since spoken out to talk about the 'terrible time' for the school, and why he thinks the decision wasn't right: "When you get something like this that seems to come out of the blue, it rocks you. What was really hurtful to our school community is that people thought we were something we were not. The school’s governers decided not to expel the pupil’s involved."
His conversation with the Bath Chronicle went on "We always talk to our students about equalities. We have been really proud of how we’ve worked on that. Sometimes you will have a situation, you will have a small group of people who don’t uphold the values you believe in." The school had hired extra staff to monitor pupils during lunch breaks, and had taken positive steps to removing the offending children from the school before the governors stepped in. He also said the decision was a difficult one because: "These were always friends and had been for a long time. The two boys I was most worried about were beside themselves when they realised what they might have caused."
A counselling service has been set up at the school and special support was given to the victim in the incident.