Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Ilfracombe teens get litter picking punishment for racist messages

14:29 09 December 2013

Archant

Police, school and community work together to impose ‘restorative justice’ on students.

THREE teenagers who sent racist messages to fellow Ilfracombe Academy students have been cleaning up town grot spots as their punishment.

The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were identified by their peers and spoken to by the police, but it was agreed further action should be taken.

The Academy, police, members of the One Ilfracombe town team and the parents of the three boys decided an afternoon of litter picking at several sites around the town would help reinforce the message.

Sergeant Paul Jones, Neighbourhood Team leader for Ilfracombe and Braunton, said the trio had agreed to the punishment and were sorry for their actions.

“They have been made to do something positive in their community as a result of the various agencies coming together,” he said.

Sgt Jones praised the school and said it had acted promptly to deal with the situation.

Assistant headteacher Graham Hill said it was the first racist incident he had encountered since joining the school in January of last year.

“The fact it was treated very seriously and very quickly gave a consistent message that it was unacceptable and they needed to help put it right,” he said.

“As a church school we have very strong values such as respect and responsibility. We felt we needed to emphasise that with these students - that they needed to respect everybody within our community and have the responsibility to put things right for the mistake they made.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

18:28
What could be more romantic...?

Why not celebrate Valentine’s with your sweetheart on Combe Martin beach this Sunday and raise money for Children’s Hospice South West?

Read more
13:30
Will schools lose their lollipops?

North Devon’s schools facing the loss of their lollipop patrols from this autumn after council decision today (Friday

Read more
13:13

North Devon residents are being asked to ‘Team up to clean up’ in new initiative.

Read more
12:33
Catch Fuse ODG at Croyde this June

Main support slots have been announced, with some big acts on the bill.

Read more
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8687. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth animal’s strange powers of prediction

Read more
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8675. Picture: Alex Walton

‘Sidmouth animal can read minds’, says owner

Read more
10:26
Saunton Sands. Picture: Andy Keeble

Walkers claim there have been several ‘close calls’ with military vehicles using the beach for training

Read more
10:22
Some home carers 'do not even have time for conversation' claims Unison

Unison claims home carers don’t always even have time for a conversation during brief visits to elderly and disabled

Read more
Yesterday, 16:25
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Barnstaple’s crown court service - one of 86 to be axed across the UK - has not been used since 2012.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications