Being in the 21st century has not changed some peoples’ minds. Some are here in body, but their thinking is from the medieval times. Within our borders we have hooligans stripping women. Men thinking they have a right to do as they please to a woman cause they are men. Across the border we have others being tortured and treated as half human cause of their race. Clearly for some, retrogressive behaviors are inbuilt.
Erick Maina, fell victim to such racism. He was found dead at his home in Merseyside. Kenyan-born Erick, 15, complained of racial abuse at a gym last year and officers are investigating whether he had suffered any more in the run-up to his death.
Racist graffiti was found at his Maghull school and a park nearby. The graffiti daubed on the walls of his school was about a black pupil. It was found hours after he died in an apparent suicide. That night vile insults were sprayed on buildings at his school and in a nearby park. The messages included a reference to the Ku Klux Klan, the word ‘n*****’ and Erick’s name alongside a swastika.
Two teenagers were arrested and taken to court for racially aggravated criminal damage. A 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man have now pleaded guilty to causing racially aggravated damage and will be sentenced soon. James Coleman, 18, of Netherton, and a 17-year-old youth from Bootle, who cannot be named, were remanded in custody after they admitted writing the graffiti. They will be sentenced at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court next month. Neither attends Maricourt High.
His mother, Jane, 45, told the Mail: ‘This is a very hard time for me. There are lots of questions running through our minds.’
Brendan McLoughlin, the head of Erick’s school – Maricourt Catholic High in Maghull, Liverpool – said he was ‘sickened and shocked’ to find the graffiti on Sunday morning. Mr. McLoughlin added: ‘After collaboration with the police, along with the site team, I removed the graffiti to ensure none of our pupils would have to witness such material.’
He said Erick was immensely popular, ‘We’re all absolutely shocked about what’s happened. ‘It’s so tragic for a young boy who had such great prospects. He had a great future.’ It is understood that no allegations of bullying – racist or otherwise – were made by Erick at the school, where he was studying for his GCSEs. Eric was praised as a role model and inspiration by teachers.
Friends of the popular teenager held a vigil to pay their respects to him. Claire Hoban, 15, who was Erick’s prom date at the school, tweeted after his death: ‘We had plans to do loads, you’re still my prom date Erick.’
Source: Daily Mail