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Hate Speech (Schools)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Gail Ross Gail Ross Scottish National Party

9. To ask the Scottish Government whether the European Union referendum has led to an increase in hate speech in schools and, if so, what action its education directorate is taking to tackle it. (S5O-00373)

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

All forms of hate crime and prejudice are unacceptable. I am concerned by recent reports from Moray House school of education and the Educational Institute of Scotland about incidents of that nature, which highlights the need for constant vigilance. We want all children and young people to learn tolerance, respect, equality and good citizenship, in order to address and prevent prejudice.

I welcome the Equalities and Human Rights Committee’s interest in prejudice-based bullying and have sought its input to development of the refreshed national anti-bullying strategy for children and young people. I will carefully consider the issues that the committee raises, as well as anything further that can be done to support our diverse communities, over and above our holistic approach to anti-bullying.

Photo of Gail Ross Gail Ross Scottish National Party

I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer. He has, in essence, answered my supplementary question at the same time.

The Presiding Officer:

That is excellent timekeeping.