Loughborough Grammar School for boys issues apology after allegations of racism

One of the oldest independent boys schools in the country has issued an unreserved apology over allegations of racism.

It's after one boy's letter was shared online about the abuse he'd suffered during his five years at Loughborough Grammar School for boys.

In the letter, he claims he was called names including the N-word, Slave, Monkey and that he was hit with a cricket bat, constantly slapped and punched. He also speaks of being spat at and smeared with urine, semen and sweat.

The school says it's passed his allegations onto the police and they are investigating.

48 hours after the boy's letter went viral more than 100 allegations of racism were shared in an online survey by current and former students at the school and three other schools which come under the Loughborough Schools Foundation.

2 ex-pupils who wish to remain anonymous have compiled a report of all the allegations.

One incident involved a black former student, who said a classmate put a chain around their neck during a games session and called them a slave.

They wrote: "Everyone present laughed and I was humiliated. Nothing was done about it."

A number of Asian and black students complained of teachers failing to pronounce their names correctly, despite being corrected numerous times.

One student claims the teachers at Loughborough Grammar School encourage casual racism as a form of 'banter' as well as asking Asian students why they couldn't complete a task as he thought that's what their people are good at.

The executive board that runs the independent schools say they are investigating.

Lafeetat Junaid's son attends the grammar school for boys and says her son has been a victim of racism.

Meanwhile, the Headteacher of Loughborough School for Boys has apologised and admits there is a problem with racism.

Campaigners argue one of the solutions to tackling problems of racism in schools is to change the national curriculum to include Black History.

In a statement, the Department of Education says that the curriculum in our schools is already diverse and gives access to different Black History topics across all year groups and teaches children about significant black Asian and ethnic minority figures and our shared history.

The Black Lives Matter Movement has given people the courage to share their stories but many believe real change will happen through education.