Mixed-race girl, 6, ‘rubbed talc on skin to look white’ after racial bullying

A furious mum says she’s considering taking her six-year-old daughter out of school because racist bullies made her want to “bleach” herself.

Little Aeesha Ali is said to have started rubbing talcum powder into her cheeks at home in an effort to make her skin appear lighter.

Jodie Ward claims staff at Dorchester Primary School in Hull aren’t taking her complaints seriously, and are claiming the alleged bully “has problems at home".

Jodie, 27, said: "My daughter is mixed-race, last week she was told by another pupil she needs to bleach herself. "

Aeesha says she has also been physically attacked and choked by the other pupil.

Jodie told Hull Live : ”I am absolutely fuming because she tries to put talc on herself, she now thinks she has to be white, that’s not the case, my daughter is beautiful.

"She’s very upset, she begs me and cries not to go to school. I am going to take my children out of the school when I get chance, but I am not taking her out of education as it’s not her fault."

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Though mum-of-three Jodie says she feels like her concerns have been ignored by the school, a school spokesperson maintained that while the school could not comment on individual cases, any concerns are "always thoroughly investigated".

But Jodie isn’t satisfied: ”It has just gone on and on with excuses after excuses. In my eyes they are turning a blind eye to it and haven't stepped up. They were oblivious to it. They don't seem bothered.

Jodie says that school staff had told her that the child responsible for the bullying “has problems at home.”

She says that’s not a good enough excuse, adding: “Everyone has problems at home.”

She adds that she had contacted Humberside Police, but says she was told that the racial abuse is a school issue because it happened on school grounds.

The school spokesperson commented: "When concerns are raised about any aspect of school these are always thoroughly investigated, with appropriate actions implemented if needed."

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