Mother loses UK school race claim.

Mother loses UK school race claim.

She also claimed she suffered ill-treatment on the grounds of her race while she worked at the school as a boarding house matron.

Mrs Smethurst was seeking damages from the school and its headteacher, Diane Symes, for racial discrimination, negligence regarding bullying, personal injury and assault on her son, now 11.

Mother loses UK school race claim.

She claimed her son was called “mud face” because of his colour and was regularly kicked, punched and spat at by fellow pupils, leaving him bruised and lacking in confidence.

In a judgment handed down today, Judge Charles Wade ruled against Mrs Smethurst in her claims against the school and Mrs Symes.

Mrs Smethurst was not at today’s hearing in Swindon county court.

• This article was amended on 9 February 2011 to remove personal details at the individual’s request.

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