Calls for action after claims boy is subject to violent 'racist attack' at South Yorkshire secondary school

Parents and a Sheffield councillor have called on a South Yorkshire school, politicians and police to take action after a video was circulated online showing a boy being subjected to a violent attack, which witnesses say was racially motivated.

Tuesday, 7th September 2021, 4:08 pm

Sheffield councillor Maroof Raouf shared the video on Twitter and demanded action.

The video, which appears to have been filmed on school premises, shows a boy being attacked by a group of youths.

He is pushed to the ground before one jumps on him and punches him repeatedly in the head, and another starts to kick him.

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A man in sports kit then intervenes and pushes the first two attackers away before other runs up to the boy on the ground and kicks him.

The man in the sports gear – allegedly a member of staff – continues to try and keep the attackers away from the boy on the ground, while the attackers attempt to fight the man off and get back to hitting the boy.

Cllr Raouf said: “Parents of children in the academy have contacted me tonight to say racism is rampant in your school, what safeguards have you in place to protect ALL children at your school?”

He then asked South Yorkshire Police if the force is going to arrest the attackers.

A witness said: “I understand the boy is currently in hospital receiving care for his injuries. This boy could have been killed. As a concerned member of the community I hope you can look into this.”

Wayne Barsby, chief executive of LEAP Academy Trust, which includes Brinsworth Academy, said: “Immediate and decisive action has been taken in response to an incident that occurred in school yesterday.

"We have been working closely with South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council over the last 24 hours.

“We are currently working to support the victim and his family.

“We are addressing the incident with other students via assemblies, tutor sessions and other support.

“Brinsworth Academy and LEAP Multi Academy Trust are committed to ensuring the safety of our young people. The overwhelming majority of our student body demonstrate harmonious relationships on a daily basis.”

Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police have been contacted.