Students take a stand against hate crime

Students from Trinity School & College in Rochester, Kent, who were left emotionally moved after a visit to Auschwitz in December were devastated to see anti-Semitic graffiti appear at a play area opposite their school following the Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

The students, many of whom are Ambassadors of the Anne Frank Trust – an education programme to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination – also regularly meet with Susan Pollack, 84, a School Patron and Second World War death camp survivor.

Executive Head Teacher Elizabeth Baines said, “Susan has shown the children a real passion about combating hatred, prejudice and discrimination and, as a result, when they saw what had happened across the road with the play equipment, they were disgusted.

“After a short discussion, they decided to take it upon themselves to clean it away so headed over to the park with sponges and cleaning materials. They were just doing what felt right to them but the reaction from the community has been overwhelming; we have had numerous people popping in to Reception to leave gifts and cards of thanks for the students as well as to say thank you in person.”

Local residents have been leaving their thoughts about the students’ act of kindness on local news pages and have even suggested that the School be put forward for a Pride of Medway award. Members of the public have even brought in gifts for the students to show their appreciation.

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