Outrage as school calls police after pupil looks at Ukip website in class

The Express is reporting that teenager Joe Taylor was flagged up for political extremism by the deputy head after he used a school computer to click on the Ukip website. 

The 15-year-old went online earlier this week to research immigration following a classroom discussion on the subject, logging on with his school username. 

But he was stunned when teachers subsequently reported him to the police, claiming he had raised welfare concerns by visiting “politically incorrect websites”. 

Amazingly he was referred to a specialist team whose usual brief is preventing vulnerable youngsters from being groomed and indoctrinated by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis. 

The youngster, who attends Wildern School in Hedge End, Southampton, was then hauled out of class on Wednesday morning so that he could be quizzed by an officer from Hampshire police.

During the interrogation the detective reportedly accused the youngster of being a UKIP “activist” and said it was “not right” that he had visited the party’s website.

Police said the contact with the teen was not solely sparked by accessing the Ukip website…

In a statement head teacher Marie-Louise Litton said: “Following an incident Wildern School contacted 101 for advice and were referred to the specialist team who made the decision to arrange a meeting with the student and their parent in school on 24th February. No further action was proposed…”

More at: PC gone mad: Outrage as school calls police after pupil looks at Ukip website in class

 

Reading the full story suggests things were probably a bit more complicated than made out in the headline, but it would surely be very wrong indeed if a child was reported to the police for visiting or even expressing support for Ukip?

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Comments

  1. DadAndTwo

    SchoolsImprove Sounds ridiculous, but Prevent (& the police response) covers those at risk from EDL & militant environmentalists too.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove You know I guessed that this story was going to have been from the Mail or the Express; I doubt it’s the entire story

  3. Nairb1

    ‘Police said the contact with the teen was not solely sparked by accessing the Ukip website’
    So another PC gone mad non-story from the Mail.

  4. Nairb1

    Surely you’re not claiming that this was an attempt to smear UKIP? Remember the Daily Mail makes no attempt to get facts correct when it sees an opportunity to rabble-rouse. For example the comment in the article ‘he was referred to a specialist team whose usual brief is preventing vulnerable youngsters from being groomed and indoctrinated by Islamic State jihadists’ is completely wrong but resonates with Mail readers who never let facts get in the way of a rant.

  5. Tessotd

    SchoolsImprove I hope they did the same for any children looking at the conservative’s website! (#Tories #UKIP what’s the difference!)

  6. wasateacher

    DadAndTwo SchoolsImprove Why ridiculous?  It seems very sensible to me, given some of the illegal activities of the EDL – they are as dangerous as Islamic extremists.

  7. Nairb1  A TV headline yesterday said the boy had also accessed the website of the English Defence League as well as UKIP.  No mention of that in the Express article.

  8. ivancompo

    DadAndTwo SchoolsImprove  And other far right organisations, but you’d be hard pressed to find any evidence of that in mainstream press reporting.

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