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Racist Graffiti Outside London Primary School: Mother Reacts Furiously To Media Coverage For Creating 'Racial Segregation'

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A concerned mother has hit out at media coverage of racist graffiti at her local school after a series of articles claimed that white pupils alone were being targeted by the slurs.

Coverage of the vandalism, which was left on the entrance path to the Prince of Wales Primary School, focused entirely on just one of the messages which said "whites not welcome."

But the mother who alerted the media to the graffiti has responded furiously to coverage by publications including the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Evening Standard who, she said, are creating "misconceptions and division."

Jasmin Nathan, who has two sons aged nine and six at the school, sent several images of the graffiti to a number publications, including the Huffington Post UK.

She has now said that she is "very disappointed and angry" that only the one image has been widely circulated.

"The school is multi-cultural and this has offended pretty much everybody in some way," she told HuffPost UK.

Responding to the coverage, she said: "I think it creates misconceptions and division not only within the area, but within society in general.

"The school has ongoing issues with English parents complaining that the school doesn't recognise English culture – St Georges Day isn't celebrated, for example, whereas other cultures are recognised and celebrated – but there is definitely a divide within the area at the moment.

Racial segregation is "fast becoming an issue," she said.

"I think it's incredibly important to acknowledge that other ethnicities were targeted, as racism has no place in any society and should receive adequate coverage and punishment regardless of the target.

"I feel like these reporters have made a mockery of a very serious issue and turned it into nothing more than propaganda."

Ms Nathan said all graffiti was done on the same day, but that she believes it may have been carried out by a group of vandals rather than an individual due to variations of writing style and spelling errors.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman from Enfield Council told the Mail that the graffiti has been removed "as a matter of urgency."

"We have a large multicultural and harmonious community in Enfield which embraces its diversity.

"Racism of any form is unwelcome in this borough. We’d like to thank the school for bringing this matter to our attention and enabling us to deal with it promptly."

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