Justice for Jevan
year old Jevan Richardson took his own life on 13 February 2001, having endured
two years of racist bullying at St. Mary Magdelan Roman Catholic school, and
racial harassment from the local police. Jevan's two years of hell included:
• Bullying by his teacher and headmistress
• Witnessing violent arrests by the police of his family
• Watching his mother victimised by the school, governors and police
• Inaction form the local authority despite frequent letters from his family including details of Jevan's note threatening suicide
• Exclusion from his school and loss of his friends.
In May 2002 the Board of Governors agreed to settle the Judicial Review case taken out by the family for the illegal and wrongful exclusion of Jevan in December 2000. The governors admitted that they were wrong and that they should not have excluded Jevan. In June 2002 at the Central London County Court the judge upheld Carol Edmund's claim granting her permission to pursue cases of race discrimination, negligence and failure in statutory duty and care against St. Mary Magdelan Roman Catholic School, the Board of Governors and Lewisham Education. The family is also pursuing legal action against the police and the Police Complaints Authority has agreed to a panel to examine all aspects of the police's actions.
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Justice for Jevan Campaign, PO Box 24785, London SE13 7GQ.