Boys in England Guilty of Attacking Brothers for Their Race

According to, a group of boys were found guilty of attacking three brothers because of their race.

The racist attack left one of the brothers in the hospital.

The brothers, aged 11, 14 and 17, were playing football in the Orchard Park area when the attack occurred on Jan. 24. The three brothers were told they could not wear England football shirts because they were “brown.”

The presiding magistrate, Harvey Harrison sentenced the boys:

“The two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, all from Cambridge, admitted racially aggravated common assault. They each got a nine-month youth referral order and must pay £25 each in compensation to the victims.

Another 14-year-old pleaded guilty to causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress. He received an eight-month youth referral order. All four have to pay £70 costs.”

The presiding magistrate, Harvey Harrison’s, sentencing, said: “You’ve brought shame on yourselves, on your families and on society generally. It’s a multi-cultural and ethical society and you have to learn to live with it, whatever people’s colour or creed.”





About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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