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14-Year-Old Girl Arrested For "Racist" Comment

Salford Advertiser | October 16 2006

A TEENAGE girl was arrested after allegedly making racist remarks to Asian students.

Codie Stott, 14, was arrested after refusing to take part in a science tutorial with five students at Harrop Fold High School because she claimed they didn’t speak English.

After questioning by police she was released without charge but the school say they are still investigating the matter internally.

Her furious mother Nicola, 37, of Grosvenor Drive, Walkden has defended her daughter’s stance.

She said: "Codie was not being racist. All that happened was that she was in a science lesson and the teacher split them up into discussion groups."

"Codie asked to be taken out of her group because the other five students were Asians and four didn’t speak English so there was no point in her being with them.

"When she pointed this out to the teacher she was accused of being racist and told to go to the isolation unit.

"As she left the classroom she was stopped by a teacher patrolling the corridor and repeated her remark. He then made a complaint to the headteacher and the matter was referred to the community police officer based at the school.

"Codie was taken to the police station and kept in custody for over six hours while they questioned her.

"The reaction from the school and police is totally over the top and I am furious my daughter had to go through this trauma when all she was saying was common sense. I hope it ends here because Codie doesn’t want to go back through her ordeal at the police station."

Harrop Fold head Dr Antony Edkins said: "An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark by one student towards a group of Asian students new to the school and new to this country.

"We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards people and pupils of all ethnic backgrounds, and will not stand for racism in any form."

A police spokesperson confirmed that they had questioned Codie with regard to a Section Five Racial Public Order offence and that she had been kept in a juvenile unit, not a police cell.

"The unit is not particularly threatening, it has picture windows and comfy furniture and she would have been checked on regularly by trained staff.

"She was definitely not locked up for over six hours."

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