This Is Local London is reporting claims that a mob of schoolgirls hurled racist insults at a Muslim shop worker and tore a hijab from her head when she tried to stop them shoplifting.
Masoomeh Jafari, 26, was left terrified when she was targeted after a group of “20 to 30” young people poured into Poundland in Sutton High Street.
About five of the girls, thought to be aged between 11 and 14, called her a “f***ing Muslim” after she tried to stop them stealing things at about 3pm on Sunday. One girl was said to have repeatedly ripped off the shop worker’s headscarf.
Miss Jafari, who lives in Sutton town centre, said: “They came in here shouting and stealing things and I told them to stop.
“A group started swearing at me, saying things about my religion and the clothes I wear. Then they grabbed my head scarf twice.
“I was very frightened.”
A member of the public who came to Miss Jarafi’s help and later called the police said she was appalled by what she witnessed.
Patricia Rose, 69, of Belmont, said: “I was sat in Costa when a big group of girls and a few boys come into the shop.
“They were saying ‘f*** this’ and ‘f*** that’ and they were trying to get back into the shop after they had tried to steal things.
“I then went into Poundland and saw the lady. She is a delightful person and her head was down.
“She told me that the children had pulled at her hijab and had sworn at her.
“It’s so, so wrong what they did.”
Police officers attended the shop but the group had left and there was no CCTV footage to help identify those involved.
Shop staff believe some of the young people were Greenshaw High School pupils who have previously stolen from the store and shouted Islamophobic abuse at Miss Jafari, who has worked there for six years…
Greenshaw High School said it had not received a complaint about it pupils but would investigate if it did…
What a disappointing picture this paints of some of our young people. Just awful behaviour.
Like the story from the Mirror about violence in Manchester we also cover today, this involves school children outside of schools and (in this case) not even on a school day.
So what responsibility, if any, do schools have for the way their pupils behave when not in school?
Please let us know how you see it in the comments or via Twitter…
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