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Police investigate after ‘Asian gay monkey boy’ messages left in schoolboy leaver’s book

Ella Braidwood July 24, 2018

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Kent Police have reportedly started an investigation after hateful messages were left in an 11-year old schoolboy leaver’s book.

The insults, including “bye bye Asian gay monkey boy,” were left by Dylan Lynch’s classmates in his final few days at the Garlinge Primary School in Margate, reports Kent Live.

The handwritten messages were then reported to police by year six student’s father Shaun Lynch.

Lynch also complained that the school has not responded effectively when Dylan has been bullied in the past.

“It’s been a problem for the last two years. Dylan was previously attacked by about ten boys two years above him, but the school did nothing,” Dylan’s father told Kent Live.

“All the children had an autograph book for the end of year. Dylan came home yesterday, and he had about 13 offensive messages scrawled all over his leavers’ book.

“As far as I see it, the school are prepared to let the kids go. As soon as it’s 3.15pm this afternoon, it’s not their problem anymore.”

Other lewd notes reportedly left in Dylan’s leaver’s book included “monkey boy ears,” and: “No one likes you. Sorry I did not learn gorilla language and we didn’t communicate.”

Lynch added that he kept Dylan at home during his final day on Tuesday (July 24) because he did not want to go to school.

“He was really upset. He has got a close knit of friends, but he did not want to go to school as he feels unsafe,” Lynch told the local news site.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 07: Police officers patrol Buchanan Street in Glasgow, December 7, 2007 in Scotland.There is growing anger as Scotland's police officers will receive a larger pay rise than their colleagues in England and Wales. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Kent Police are investigating the incident. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

The 38-year old dad said that, although Dylan is white, the incident has been reported as a hate crime.

“My son is a white British male, but it’s been reported to the police as malicious communications and a hate crime,” the father said. “In my eyes, it’s highly offensive.

“My granddad is Irish, and we have fairly pronounced ears, so I’m assuming that’s where it is coming from.”

A Kent Police spokesperson told Kent Live: “Kent Police has received reports of offensive messages and an assault committed against an 11-year-old boy by other children at a school in Margate.

“Enquiries into the incidents are ongoing.”

James Williams, head teacher at the school, told Kent Live that the safety of pupils is of “paramount important” and that he is “aware of some upsetting comments written in one of our Year 6 pupils’ autograph books on the last day of term.”

He added that he had invited Dylan’s parents into the school to discuss the incident.

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