Should attacks on goths be classed as hate crimes?

News that Great Manchester Police have begun classifying assaults on goths, punks and emos as 'hate crimes' has sparked a debate on Twitter:


Subculture hate crime to be recorded - About time! I was bullied heavily for being a Goth!! R.I.P Sophie Lancaster x


I don't really think anti-goth "hate crime" is as serious as homophobic or racial abuse tbh


Is being attacked for being a punk or goth a hate crime? Or just a teenage attack. One group attack others, back to mods and rockers times


Attacks on goths 'hate crimes'

Greater Manchester Police have become the first force to record offences against goths, emos and punks as hate crimes.