PUPILS at a Uttoxeter school have been learning about hate crime.
Windsor Park Middle School, in Springfield Road, invited PSCO Sean Elliott to share information and awareness of hate crime.
Pupils were told that regardless of how someone looks, the colour of their skin, the family make up, social background or even the colour of their hair, it does not give anyone the right to target, pursue or intimidate a person.
This is hate crime and is acknowledged by the police as such.
Pupils learned of the severity of such actions and their consequences.
With social media so popular among young people and the feeling of anonymity they can get caught in a trap of verbalising thoughts and feelings within an open forum such as popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
A spokesman for the school said: “As young people get older and gain independence they also need to know the impact of their actions on others and the consequences that hate crime can and has caused.
“It is our responsibility at Windsor Park along with parents, families and friends to educate our children on such subjects that can be often deemed taboo.”
Following the talk, pupils received information and were able to ask questions to PCSO Elliott about his role in the community.
They also asked about the message he is trying to get across with regards to stamping out hate crime within the community.