On June 7th, the new S 2 took part in a ‘Show Racism The Red Card Event’, which was organised by East Lothian Council. The event coincided with National Sports Week , as well as the Anti – racism Day planned for Friday 10th June in PLHS.
Pupils were firstly asked to define racism. There were many excellent answers to this. The group then watched a documentary which used football to highlight how common, and destructive, racism is . The film included many prominent footballers, including Craig Levein, the Scotland football manager , and members of Hearts, Rangers, Celtic, Man U and Hibernian, all who spoke out strongly against racism. The most moving partof the film was a 13 year old Scottish boy – a talented footballer – who was about to give up playing because he faced racial abuse every time he played a game.
Two ex- footballers – Mickey Weir of Hibs and Derek Ferguson – then asnswered questions about racism in football : what they felt caused racism, what the impact of racism is on people and what we can do to stamp out racism. Both ex- players were very impressed by the quality of the questions asked by the pupils.
Comments were also made about how well behaved pupils were and how they listened attentively to what was being said. Let’s hope that PLHS pupils will help make a difference by challenging ,and not accepting, racism.
Thanks to Mr Johnstone and Mrs Christie in PE for their help.