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Anonymous Wikipedia user changes name of Norton Knatchbull school in Ashford 'in honour' of dead US gorilla Harambe

Internet users were left baffled last night after an Ashford school's Wikipedia page was altered by an anonymous user.

The description of The Norton Knatchbull School in Hythe Road was changed on the online encyclopedia, stating: "In 2016, the school changed its name to the Norton Harambe school, in honour of the martyred gorilla, Harambe."

Harambe, a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, USA, was shot in May after a three-year-old child climbed into his enclosure.

The alterations made to the school's Wikipedia page
The alterations made to the school's Wikipedia page

Officials were afraid that the boy would be killed after Harambe grabbed him.

The zoo have pleaded with internet users this week to stop producing internet jokes about the primate following a series of memes.

Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, told Associated Press: "We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe.

Harambe the gorilla who was shot at Cincinnati Zoo in May. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo.
Harambe the gorilla who was shot at Cincinnati Zoo in May. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo.

"Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us.

"We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us."

Repeated vandalism or deliberate changes to Wikipedia pages can lead to users being blocked.

The name was also changed on google maps
The name was also changed on google maps

The name of the school was also changed on Google maps.

It has since been reverted to the original information on Wikipedia, but is still appearing in the search bar on Google maps.

Other companies across the country, including in Ashford, have also experienced similar incidents online referring to Harambe.

Susanne Staab, head teacher at Norton Knatchbull school said: "Wikipedia and Google are sites which can be edited by anyone.

"The school regularly updates and reviews all its information sources to ensure that they are as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

"The school is aware of the issues and has reported them as abuse.

"The school is also aware that this particular type of abuse has been experienced by a number of businesses and institutions in the area."

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