Primary school pupil, 11, reveals racist abuse by classmates

Primary school pupil, 11, reveals he is regularly called ‘slave’ and the N-word by racist classmates

  • Ashley Davies says he is targeted by his classmates at his school in Cornwall
  • 11-year-old said: ‘It makes me feel sad because I am just trying to make friends’
  • The youngster said he feels ‘nervous about what’s going to happen’ every day  

An 11-year-old boy has revealed he is regularly subjected to racist abuse by his fellow primary school pupils who make him ‘nervous about what is going to happen’ to him every day.  

Ashley Davies, who is of mixed race ethnicity, claims he is regularly targeted by other children who use derogatory and sickening insults referring to him as a ‘slave’.

The youngster says he has been the subject of hateful comments from other children in his last year of primary education, often racially abused with names such as ‘black idiot’, and the n-word.

Ashley Davies claims he is regularly targeted by other children who use derogatory and sickening insults referring to him as a ‘slave’

Ashley joined the school in September after the family moved back to Cornwall from Liverpool, to enjoy a life beside the sea.

He said: ‘It makes me feel kind of sad because I am just trying to make friends. I’ve had loads of comments from people who don’t want me there.

‘When I wake up in the morning, it’s like a burden. But it shouldn’t be a chore really, it should just be going to school but every morning before going to school I feel nervous about what’s going to happen there.’

His parents Martin and Natalie Davies say they are at their wits end and confess they do not know how to make the abuse stop. 

Mrs Davies said: ‘Since the day he started there, he’s had comment after comment. The school have said they talk to the other children but it keep happening again and again.

‘Ashley is very placid and he’s never been in trouble. But not matter how hard he tries, he’s been abused and targeted. It’s not a very nice thing – he’s 11 years old.

‘I am not saying all these kids are horrible racists but this is moulding my son now for how he is going to see the world. At the moment, he seems like nobody cares and everyone is going to see him as different.

‘I think the school are trying but they don’t know what to do.’

Martin and Natalie Davies with their 7-year-old son Blake and 11-year-old son Ashley

Martin and Natalie Davies with their 7-year-old son Blake and 11-year-old son Ashley

Mrs Davies, whose grandparents are originally from Jamaica, said she had been the subject of open racial abuse in the street while living in Cornwall.

‘It’s constant,’ she said. ‘I’ve been spat at in the street and I also get comments like: ‘You guys are alright because you work hard’.’

‘I work as a carer and I was walking past a pub a few weeks ago at about 9pm. I was going to care for someone’s grandmother and a group of men outside the pub shouted: ‘Look at the n***** nurse!’

The family claim Ashley has been deeply upset by the comments at school. 

His father Martin added: ‘It’s just so unfair on him. The school doesn’t seem to do anything. It’s just not acceptable.’

The headteacher at the school in could not comment on matters involving individual pupils.

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