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ATTACK - School's plea for calm

EDUCATION bosses and police chiefs have called for calm at a city school after three pupils were suspended.

EDUCATION bosses and police chiefs have called for calm at a city school after three pupils were suspended.EDUCATION bosses and police chiefs have called for calm at a city school after three pupils were suspended.

Ros Clayton, the city council s director of education, and Chief Superintendent Mark Hopkins, head of Peterborough police, made the appeal after a 15-year-old Afro-Caribbean boy was allegedly set upon by a group of Asian youngsters, as he played football at the school.

Pupil Worrel Mayers, of Ravensthorpe, Peterborough, was allegedly pushed to the ground, punched and kicked, at Jack Hunt School, in Ledbury Road, Netherton, Peterborough.

Following the incident, Worrel s family went to the school to ask staff how the matter was to be dealt with, and became involved in a heated debate.

During the argument an Asian teacher, Pank Patel, suffered a spilt lip.

Police today revealed Maurice Williamson (44), of Smallwood, Ravensthorpe, had been charged with assault in relation to the alleged incident. Mr Williamson is the partner of Worrel s aunt. He was due to appear before Peterborough magistrates today.

There has been tension at the school since the death of ex-pupil Ross Parker, who was stabbed to death in the city on September 21.

Four Asian men have been charged with his murder.

Today Mrs Clayton called for calm and tolerance among pupils at the secondary school.

She said: "Young people need to hear the message very clearly at the moment from schools, parents and their communities that it is important to stay calm and resist the temptation to use any event as the excuse for racial intolerance and abuse.

"Schools have always worked to foster good relations both in school and in the community and this is continuing. The schools are working normally and taking their responsibility of encouraging and educating young people to be tolerant of all racial groups very seriously indeed."

Her comments have today been echoed by Chief Supt Hopkins.

He said: "It is essential we work as a community to achieve a common goal of a tolerant and just society.

"We have already started that process and it is vitally important that it is allowed to continue."

Yesterday afternoon, police were at Jack Hunt School as children left for home and teachers patrolled the gates, using two-way radios to communicate with each other.

Headteacher Chris Hilliard said: "A number of youngsters were involved in the incident at lunchtime. The matter has been fully investigated and as a result three pupils, who we believe to have been involved, have been suspended for 10 days."

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