Published: 14:00, 01 July 2016 |
Updated: 15:44, 01 July 2016
A man has spoken of his fears after racist remarks were made to his niece at school the day after the UK voted to leave the EU.
Asghar Khan Tia, owner of Thanet Quality Foods in Northdown Road, says when his niece went into Upton Junior School, Broadstairs, pupils were telling her to leave the country and go home.
After the incident last Friday the Margate shop owner says he is worried for his younger relatives.
He said: "My niece is in Year 6 and she went into school the day the result was announced and other children were saying to her; 'when are you going home' and 'you have to leave now'.
"My father came here in the 1950s, my niece is the third generation of our family living in Britain.
"I am worried for the children because these things can't be allowed to happen.
"How are these small children getting this message and why are they saying it? It was a worrying thing.
"In every high street in Britain you see ethnic minority shop owners, people shouldn't want to dislodge that but it is a reality of our society."
Headteacher at Upton Junior School Michaela Lewis said: "All issues of any form of bullying are dealt with through set down school policy.
"This is rigidly observed and there will be no discussion of any incidents involving individual pupils as this is part of our safeguarding policy.
"Voting shouldn't be affecting the whole fabric of our society..." Asghar Khan Tia
Mr Khan added: "We have been working in this shop for more than 11 years and have had a good time here with no problems, I hope it stays like this.
"I haven't experienced any racism towards me personally but, I feel a little bit of tension in the air overall now.
"Voting is voting and should be left alone after that, it shouldn't be affecting the whole fabric of our society."
The revelation comes after Hartsdown Academy headteacher Andy Somers said that racist remarks had been directed towards his pupils in Thanet towns over the weekend.
He also suggested people thought it was acceptable to be racist after the Brexit vote.
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