In the highly politically correct UK, school children as young as 3 have been branded "homophobic" or "racist".
In 2010, an astonishing 100 primary school pupils a day on average were reported to local authorities for such "offences" as calling each other “gaylord”, "gay", "lesbian", or saying: “This work’s gay”.
A survey in England and Wales concluded that more than 20,000 nursery and primary school children, aged 3-11, were racist or homophobic.
It is basically a mini totalitarian education system, in which toddlers and children are put on record, registered on a government database, and their future careers potentially damaged, for so-called "hate crimes".
These reports, which include the child's name, a description of the incident and the punishment, can be used by the police and social services, and can remain on a child’s record into secondary school or even into later life, effectively labelling the child.
And if schools are asked for a pupil reference by a future employer or a university, the record could be used as the basis for it, meaning the pettiest of incidents has the potential to blight a child for life...Between 2002 and 2009, 280,000 incidents were reported.
Heads who send in ‘nil’ returns are criticised for ‘under-reporting’.
"The policy is no longer being carried out after the coalition government changed guidance to allow schools to use their own judgment."
This is one of the many abominations for which we have to thank the Macpherson inquiry, ordered by Labour, to look into the police failure to apprehend those who in 1993 killed black teenager Stephen Lawrence in South London.
In 1999 the inquiry concluded that the Metropolitan Police investigation had been deeply flawed and that the police were guilty of “institutional racism”. The Macpherson Report contained pearls like this: "A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person", opening the door to any abuse of the term.
In addition, it called for “education and example at the youngest age, and an overall attitude of ‘zero-tolerance’” to free society of racist attitudes.
So, British schools were required by the Labour government's Department for Education and Skills to investigate, log and report every alleged racist incident in the playground, even among very young children, and figures started to be compiled from 2002. Since, by Macpherson diktat, "racism" in the United Kingdom now means anything "perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person", it's not surprising that the number of these incidents have snowballed. And, for good measure, other forms of political incorrectness, like "homophobia", have been thrown in.
The Department for Education said in 2006 that school staff must always “explore” the “possibility of a racist dimension” to an incident, because the Macpherson Report claimed that there could be “unwitting or unintentional racism”. Jokes, graffiti, comments made in classroom discussions: all was fair game. Anyone could report these incidents, even if the alleged victim was not offended.