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criminalising children

Comment 7th July 2010

There have been some reported cases of young children who may have made what someone regarded as a racist remark, being prosecuted.  In other words 'playground banter'.

On the assumption that most people have a sense of the ridiculous, why should the authorities take these matters seriously.

It seems that in the racism industry, if an individual feels that they are the subject of a racist comment, then the law will accept that at face value and is likely to prosecute.

Why does this matter?

Children and their parents should not be subject to court proceedings, in terms of normal playground banter and childish name calling.  By all means deal with bullying, but recognise that children have and will always be silly and that a quiet word will  for the most part suffice.

Control and punishment by those who think that they know best has become an industry.

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