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Tackling online hate crime in Scotland will be a “priority”, the nation’s police have announced, revealing that almost 1,000 files on children aged between 11 and 15 were created last year.
A total of 5,889 “hate crime files” were drawn up in 2016/17, Police Scotland said, announcing the launch of a social media campaign on the issue which will also see officers work with schools to promote the slogan “be greater than a hater”.
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Around 900 of the almost 6,000 police files created in just one year involving so-called hate crime involved perpetrators aged between 11 and 15, according to a press release which warned that “increasing numbers of youngsters use social media to bully their peers online or hide behind fake online accounts”.
Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald said: “Tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland and we take reports of any such incidents very seriously.
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“Young people may not realise that hate crime can have significant and long-lasting consequences for both victims and perpetrators.
“We are working with partners to inform young people in an effort to prevent these incidents.
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“It is vital that people report any hate incidents to us. Everyone has the right to live in safety and without fear.”
Police Scotland is “committed to reviewing and fully investigating all reports of hate”, added ACC MacDonald, urging “anyone who has been the victim of...
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