A SCHOOL organised an event to unite its 268 pupils in a stand against racism.

Etherley Lane School, in Bishop Auckland, held a "show racism the red card" day, which gave pupils the opportunity to wear red to encourage acceptance of racial equality.

The event was inspired by the Bulgaria versus England football match on Monday which had to be halted twice after the Three Lions' black players were racially abused by Bulgarian supporters.

Children who saw the match expressed their disapproval once arriving at the school on Tuesday, which prompted the teachers to organise the day of awareness.

Pupils wore red football tops and a variety of creative red outfits for the event, and some even had colourful hairstyles.

Year five pupil Lewis Green said: “I think racism is horrible, in our school we respect everyone no matter what religion, race or country they’re from.”

Teachers also arranged workshops for the children, ranging from crafts to sports.

The activities consisted of mask decorating, flag designing, drama and Lego creations, all which aimed to encourage acceptance.

Thomas Hughes, year six, said: “The drama scenes show how to deal with all kinds of bullying, not just racism.

“It’s not okay to be horrible to anyone about the way they look.”

In the main hall, children copied dance routines from different cultures in a bid to promote equality and diversity, while encouraging the children to interact and accept each other.

Lyra Wood, year six, said: “We’re learning dances to songs from different countries to show racism the red card.”

Kenzie Bargewell, year two, said: “We should treat everyone the same and not hurt anybody.”

Deputy Headteacher Erin Coxon said:

“At Etherley Lane Primary School, we educate and celebrate. We teach our children respect and tolerance of all people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.

“We discussed the events from Monday night with the children in classes and planned and participated in activities which promoted a positive message of equality.”

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