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Monday, 20 February 2012

Mother of boy asked 'Are you brown because you're from Africa?' slams school for branding episode a 'racist incident'

The mother of a schoolboy who was asked whether he was 'brown because he's from Africa' today blasted the school for turning the innocent question into a 'racist incident'.
Nicola Allen, whose son was four at the time of the incident, said the matter had been blown out of proportion after Griffin Primary School in east Hull launched an investigation into playground comments made by Elliott Dearlove.
She insists she never accused seven-year-old Elliott of being racist following the comment. She also says she believes the child is being unfairly treated.

Storm: Elliott Dearlove with his mother, Hayley White. Elliott was branded a racist after asking a mixed-race school mate 'Are you from Africa?'
Storm: Elliott Dearlove with his mother, Hayley White. Elliott was branded a racist after asking a mixed-race school mate 'Are you from Africa?'
As a result of the incident, Elliott’s mother, Hayley White, 29, says she received a phone call to say her son had been at the centre of a 'racist incident'.
But Ms Allen insisted she had never accused the child of being racist.
'Not at any point did I feel he was racist,' she said.
'He is seven years old. The race thing has come from the school. It is not the case that I said Elliott was racist.'

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