British school pupils admit inflicting 'mock slave auction' on black classmate
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A group of school pupils from Bath have admitted tying up a black classmate and subjecting him to a mock "slave auction”.
The shocking incident took place in January at an unnamed school, it was later reported to police and subsequently treated as a suspected hate crime by Avon and Somerset officers.
As a part of a restorative justice action plan, two of the teenagers who admitted their involvement took part in a “community resolution process”. This is a private agreement between themselves and the victim, possibly including an apology or a form of compensation, which does not go on their criminal record.Seven teenagers, including the two who underwent the resolution process, admitted their involvement in the racist incident, however, the roles each of them played have not been revealed and police have refused to confirm many details about the attack. A police spokesperson said: “Every aspect of the incident has been taken into account, including the wishes of the victim’s family, and as a result two boys will be subject to a community resolution process for their part in the offence. “Community resolutions are a powerful tool focusing on reparation and are considered to be the most appropriate outcome in this case. Community resolutions are always rigorously monitored to ensure they are effective and the involvement of Sari (Ed: anti-racism charity)will be a key part of this process. “We take hate crime extremely seriously and recognise the devastating impact it can have on victims and their lives. There’s no room for this type of crime in Avon and Somerset and we’ll continue to work with our partner agencies and communities to stamp out offences motivated by prejudice or hate.”