In light of the events that took place following the Final of the Euros, I would like to share the message that we have given to all students at Patcham High:
The abusive racist messages directed at four England footballers after the national team’s defeat on Sunday has devastated all of us.
Four Black men who played so well throughout the tournament. Four Black men who have proved themselves on and off the pitch. Four Black men who deserve our respect.
Because, even if Marcus hadn’t raised £200m and Bukayo didn’t help out in his community and Jadon hadn’t opened football pitches and Raheem hadn’t been consistently brilliant on the pitch, none of them deserve to be treated so appallingly just because of the colour of their skin.
Racism has no place in our school or in society. We are committed to being an anti-racist school and we will do all that we can to ensure that school is a safe place.
Sadly, the abuse has been directed at people closer to home, too. Students at PHS have been made to feel unsure, unsafe and scared in their own community. This is not okay.
What can you do? Be kind to each other. Check on your friends. Are they doing okay? If you see or hear anything in school or online, stand up against it and report it. Racist “banter” isn’t banter.
If you’re outside of school and you are subjected to or hear racist abuse, there are things you can do. Firstly, keep yourself safe. Try not to respond to it. Tell your parents or carers. Report the incident.
We are here to listen and support you. You can speak to any of us. We are here to help.