Via The Daily Mail
The mother of an 11-year-old boy has received an apology after a school official told her son he would have to ‘work harder in life’ – because he is black.
Rosamaria Failla, 34, discovered that a truancy officer had told her child Sonny that he would struggle in life because he is not a ‘white British boy’.
Sonny, who suffers from ADHD, had been struggling with teachers at Bowmansgreen School, Hertfordshire, when his attendance started slipping.
In a bid to make her British-born son feel better about education his mother arranged for council truancy officers to visit him at home in July.
But Mrs Failla was upset when the officer gave Sonny a brutal evaluation of his life prospects, warning him he would ‘have to work harder in life to gain people’s respect’ because of his colour.
She complained to police and the council about the comment, which she says was: ‘Because you are not a white British boy, you are going to have to work harder in life to gain people’s respect and achieve high things,’ which she claims is racist.
The schoolboy, who lives with his white mother, has grandparents on his father’s side from Grenada, in the Caribbean.
But Miss Failla, whose mother was originally from Italy, says Sonny’s race should play no part in concerns about his school attendance.
When I first came across this story I assumed the truancy officer was black.
There are many within the black community (particularly the older generation) who would agree with the truancy officer’s brutal evaluation that as a young black/mixed race British boy living in a racist society he will have to work much harder in life to make a success of himself because of the colour of his skin and it would be naive of the boy’s mother Rosamaria Failla to think otherwise. This is her son’s reality.
It is stated in the article that Sonny suffers from ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). If this is true then his mother and his teachers need to have a serious discussion about his future at the new school he now attends and then need to put together a course of action to help a struggling Sonny throughout his school years because he is in serious danger of being completely written off at the age of eleven and becoming just another statistic.
It would be good if his father also got involved (that’s if he is not already involved).
I do however think that the truancy officer could have chosen her words more carefully because Sonny is just a child but there is truth in what she said.
Your thoughts please….
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