Sunday, December 11, 2005

Gang culture running amok in the UK because of P.C.

UK: Multicult and politically correctness strikes again.

Schools are failing to tackle the growing problem of gangs in the classroom because they fear accusations of racism, according to a study. The gang culture permeating schools is bringing drugs and stolen goods into the playground but is often going unchallenged, according to Dr Ikhlaq Din, a Bradford University researcher. His findings, published in the latest edition of the Race Equality Teaching journal, follow a warning earlier this year by school inspectors that one in five secondary schools in England was concerned about "gang behaviour" among pupils. Based on interviews with teenagers at three schools in Bradford, the West Yorkshire city that was the scene of race riots in 1995 and 2001, the study revealed that being part of a gang allowed pupils to do virtually "what they wanted" in front of other pupils and even teachers, whose authority was limited. "Because the gang members are from a minority ethnic background, schools may be reluctant to deal with gangs for fear of accusations of racism," said Dr Din. "Schools host a hidden economy where illegal activities like selling drugs and stolen goods can be carried out away from the public gaze." In the study, 17 of the 22 respondents, aged 14 to 19 and of Pakistani origin, reported that gangs were operating in schools, while 13 said they had seen drugs being sold on school premises. ....Dr Din said tensions between parents and their children, lack of employment opportunities and the pressure put on Pakistani boys by their own communities contributed to the development of gangs. He recommended that schools develop close relationships with parents and elders and be more aware of the particular concerns of young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Cedric Cullingford, a professor of education at Huddersfield University, who contributed to the paper, said that gangs made up of minority ethnic groups played the "race card" as a way of supporting each other. "It might not be justified, but it is inevitable," he said. "We are talking about students who feel disfranchised and have a deep-seated uncertainty about their personal identity in schools, which is exacerbated by schools' concentration on tests and league tables." John Dunford, the general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, disputed the claim that schools were failing to act. "I don't think schools are turning a blind eye," he said, "far from it. Schools do what they can to uphold good behaviour. "One also has to bear in mind that children have always had gangs of one sort or another. When does a group of friends become a gang?"
"I know it when I see it..." If you get reports of stabbings, beatdowns, drug selling..etc..etc.. you have a "gang" Their background or hardships they face in this evil racist world has no bearing them acting like thugs. Enough with the sweet talk, crack down with no mercy.

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