Nicola Sturgeon condemns ‘despicable racists’ after online abuse at school

Nicola Sturgeon has condemned “vile racists” who posted offensive comments about students online after attending a school.

Scotland’s First Minister retweeted a picture of herself with pupils at St Albert’s Primary in the Pollokshields area of ​​Glasgow on Friday during a visit to mark the end of Climate Week.

A number of people responded with racist remarks over the photo, which she retweeted: “Thanks @StAlbertsG41 – you were wonderful as always.”

Ms Sturgeon tweeted her support for the primary school after later saying she had been subjected to “the most horrible racial abuse”.

In a statement released on social media, St Albert’s Primary said: “Following an exciting day celebrating our success with our First Minister, we have been subjected to the most appalling racial abuse.

“We are proud to serve our community, proud of our children who demonstrate the best of Scotland.”

Ms Sturgeon retweeted the statement, saying: “Every brilliant young person and staff member of @StAlbertsG41 is worth a million plus to the vile racists who berate them.

“It’s my honor to represent Glasgow’s wonderful, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Southside. I always stand by them.”

The First Minister had visited St Albert’s Primary School to take part in a virtual gathering run by Keep Scotland Beautiful and to hear about the children’s daily live classes on climate-related issues.

The statement tweeted by the school also reads: “Our motto is creating conscientious communities. We will continue to embed this throughout our practice.

“We call on all of our colleagues to embrace justice in all policies and practices and to be active allies in anti-racist and culturally appropriate practices.

“We send love and hope it touches the hearts of those who live in hatred. Thank you for your support.”

Others also tweeted their support, including Glasgow Greens and MSP Deputy Leader Patrick Harvie, who said: “Solidarity with the students and staff of @StAlbertsG41 who have faced a spate of racist attacks.”

Scottish Labor leader and Glasgow MSP Anas Sarwar tweeted: “Sending love and solidarity. No place for hatred or racism – no matter by whom or for whom.”

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