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Female driving instructor says she was racially abused by a child shouting “F*** off P***” on a lesson in Buttershaw

A driving instructor pulled up to a junction with her pupil in the driving seat when a teenage boy hauled racist abuse at her.

A South Asian female driving instructor says she was racially abused by a white teenage boy last week in Bradford.

The instructor who does not want to be named was driving on Reevy Road West in Buttershaw with her pupil on Thursday 18 November at around 3.08pm.

She was teaching a lesson with her student in the driving seat when they approached a junction.

She told Asian Standard how a group of students believed to be from Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College tried to walk across the road when one of them shouted “F*** off P***” to the instructor.

The instructor said: “Something like this has only ever happened to me once before. I don’t know if I am angrier or upset.

“These kids don’t know me, they don’t know who I am as a person or what I have achieved in my life, but still, I deserve to be insulted and humiliated because I have brown skin.

“My pupil who was with me at the time is European. She was upset too having experienced racism herself.

“I wished I could have stopped them and asked why they think they are better than me, but I just left it. We always leave it because we know nothing will ever change.”

The driving teacher added: My late father came to this country at 16 in the 60s, he worked all his life. At times holding down two or three jobs at a time to make ends meet.

“I was born here, and I’ve worked hard too. I’m sick of hearing the words ‘go back to your country’. England is my country.”

The driving instructor added: “Someone from the school has called me and was very apologetic and condemned what happened. She was really nice about it and told me how they’re always working on educating about diversity and equality, she could not apologise enough.”

West Yorkshire Police (WYP) has been informed and a crime number has been given.

A representative for WYP said: “We received a report of a hate crime on 23 November in relation to an incident alleged to have involved a youth at or near Reevy Road West, Bradford. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College and the trust that oversees the school, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, have been informed about the incident but have declined to comment.

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