A facebook page aimed at raising awareness about hate crime among young people has been launched in Rotherham.
Rotherham United’s home ground the New York Stadium played host to the launch of the club’s Community Sports Trust’s – ‘Hate Makes Me Feel’ page.
The page aims to draw attention to that fact that banter can actually be a hate crime when directed at someone because of race, religion, disability, sexuality or transgender identity.
It is part of an overarching project funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner involving Rotherham’s hate crime coordinator PC Chris Nicholson.
PC Nicholson said: “A group of students from RUCST were given the opportunity to produce a hate crime page aimed at young people.
“We worked together to look at how this could be delivered to the social media generation and we decided on a facebook page.
“Rather than look at the general hate crime areas that most focus upon, the students looked at “banter” and when banter can be hurtful or even a criminal offence.”
The event was attended by South Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, Rotherham Mayor Eve Keenan, RUFC club chairman Paul Douglas along with other partner agencies, representatives from local education and members from Rotherham Council.
The young people showed artwork and five video clips from sketches they had written and performed, with the help of media and drama students from Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.
“The message was delivered in a very clear and positive manner and was well received by all present,” added PC Nicholson.
Dr Billings presented the young people involved in the project with certificates of recognition for their commitment and involvement.
For more details about RUCST visit http://www.rucst.co.uk/
You can view the videos produced by the students on the Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/HateHurtsSYP/