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To feel uncomfortable about the Nazi symbols on ds's shirt and arm? (Y11 shirt-signing day)

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GoodyGoodyGumdrops Mon 08-May-17 18:24:35

Y11s were signing each other's schools shirts today, the last day before Study Leave begins.

There's the expected complement of hearts and cocks-and-balls on ds's shirt. (Surprisingly little swearing.) Also many Stars of David - which I have no issue about, we're Jewish.

But I feel uncomfortable about the many swastikas and the number inked onto his left forearm.

Ds says that he wasn't picked out for the swastikas. Some boys were signing there name with one on everybody's shirt. TBH I don't know whether to believe him.

The swastikas are pure bad taste IMO. But the number on ds's forearm really bugs me.

I don't know what, if anything, to do about it.

FaFoutis Mon 08-May-17 18:29:09

I'm shocked, that's awful.
You would think all the holocaust and Hitler they get at school would educate them out of thinking this is a joke.
I would tell the school, without mentioning any names. Something needs to change in the way they teach history.

ollieplimsoles Mon 08-May-17 18:29:41

I'm not Jewish op, I'm not homosexual, a traveller, a communist or any other religion but this would really bother me. They are obviously doing it for the shock laughs but its not on at all.

Was the number on his forearm supposed to be a reference to an Auschwitz inmate id number?

HeyCat Mon 08-May-17 18:30:42

That's awful.

Tell the school: show them the shirt.

They need to deal with this.

OfficerVanHalen Mon 08-May-17 18:31:01

Wtf

I'd be mentioning it to the school, that is bang out of order

mygorgeousmilo Mon 08-May-17 18:31:17

I would be furious! How disgusting, report to the school.

Annahibiscuits Mon 08-May-17 18:31:50

Jeez...how did teachers allow that to happen?

How do people raise such awful children?

Gross

WetsTheFinger Mon 08-May-17 18:32:12

Seriously? If my (Jewish) kids came home with numbers on their arm.... wow. I'd be straight down the school and I'd expect them to educate the pupils on the holocaust. Actually, id offered to do it for them, as a grandchild of survivors.

WetsTheFinger Mon 08-May-17 18:32:38

Offer.*

TowerRavenSeven Mon 08-May-17 18:32:39

Well he wouldn't be stepping foot in my house until that sh

DebiNewberry Mon 08-May-17 18:32:48

I think I would take photos and send to school and call them smartish. That is completely and utterly unacceptable and needs to be dealt with.

Lochan Mon 08-May-17 18:33:01

Personally I'd be contacting the school in a "just to make you aware" way.

It sounds as if the pupils could do with some additional history lessons to say the very least.

annandale Mon 08-May-17 18:33:38

I bet the boys will say 'signed it with a Hindu symbol miss, RU predjudissed ?'

They need jumping on. Hard. Difference between free speech and hate speech and just being a tosser.

DebiNewberry Mon 08-May-17 18:33:47

Also sorry op that must have been shocking.

gamerwidow Mon 08-May-17 18:35:17

Just wrong on so many levels I am staggered that this shit is still going on. I am surprised the teachers let this go it is so far from acceptable.

ollieplimsoles Mon 08-May-17 18:35:59

Id also be extremely ashamed and devastated if my year 11 child daubed swastikas on a fellow student, and to write a number on the forearm of a Jewish student- id march her into school myself.

user1471530109 Mon 08-May-17 18:36:44

OP, is this a state school? I ask because I am shocked that they have started exam leave so early!! Having been a secondary teacher for 15 years, it's been years since it's been this early. Most schools I know, exam leave is after half term at least.

And I absolutely think you need to tell the school about the swastikas. That's appalling and definitely needs bringing to their attention.

Please op tell the school to deal with this. Please don't allow these children to enter the real world thinking this is ok, even in jest. No.

Creatureofthenight Mon 08-May-17 18:40:27

Report it to the school. I'm sure the lads consider this banter of the highest orderconfused but it's not on and they need educating.

Darkblueskies Mon 08-May-17 18:41:43

You must tell the school. They have a procedure for dealing with racist incidents. This is beyond bad.

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Mon 08-May-17 18:42:29

Ditto User. It's weeks until the first exam!
But, I'd be taking photos, and emailing them to head. It's unbelievably offensive and close to hate speech.

RebelRogue Mon 08-May-17 18:44:08

Report it to the school. The swastikas are bad enough,but the number is deeply offensive and worrying.

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Mon 08-May-17 18:47:12

And I half expected to be offfered a grip!

State school and ds's first GCSE is next week.

I haven't photographed ds's arm. I think he'd be beyond furious if I took this to the school, but I think I have to. It worries me that these 16yos lack a sense of how far is too far.

rainbowgiraffe Mon 08-May-17 18:47:45

My ds came home with the word cunt on his shirt along with swastikas and penis drawings. Delightful.
I've just ignored it tbh.

Willyoujustbequiet Mon 08-May-17 18:48:34

Tbh would this not be classed as some sort of hate crime?

I think I would consider reporting it.

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