South Tyneside youngsters give racism the boot

From left, Felicity Chapman, Gurjeet Singh (Mortimer School),  Laura Green (Jarrow School), Gary Bennett, Mayor Coun Richard Porthouse, Daniel Dunbar (Jarrow School) and Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.
From left, Felicity Chapman, Gurjeet Singh (Mortimer School), Laura Green (Jarrow School), Gary Bennett, Mayor Coun Richard Porthouse, Daniel Dunbar (Jarrow School) and Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.

Young people in South Tyneside have been urged to help give racism the boot – with the help of three former professional footballers.

More than 70 students from South Shields Community School, Jarrow School and Mortimer Community College took part in an anti-racism workshop led by education charity Show Racism the Red Card.

Former Sunderland captain Gary Bennett, along with ex-Newcastle United players Olivier Bernard and Richard Offiong, were at the event, opened by Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse.

Coun Porthouse said: “South Tyneside has a long tradition welcoming people from across the world seeking to build new lives and contribute to British society. It is often heralded as an example of successful multi-culturalism in action. South Tyneside Council celebrates our borough’s cultural diversity, as we recognise it is the people who live and work here that make the area what it is.”

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, added: “Talking about racism and how it is created in society is a positive thing. Racism is something which is created, and young people having space to explore their world view and attitudes within a culture of questioning will take us a step closer to reducing racism.

“Events such as this underline our commitment to create a safer and more harmonious borough, where people can live free from prejudice and harassment.”

regardless of their background or appearance.”