During class earlier this week, a discussion came up on the topic of racism. During the discussion, my teacher asked one of the Polish students in my year had he ever encountered racism in the school. The student says he has had a lot of people dislike him because he was Polish.
Except there is far more to it than that. The student in question is a total dickhead to everyone, makes rude comments about everyone, doesn't do any work in school, disrupts the class the whole time, starts fights and generally makes a nuisance of himself. Last year, he caused so much trouble that any Irish student would have been expelled, but the school hasn't even so much as suspended him for fear of being accused of racism. That is why people dislike him. Being Polish has nothing to do with it.
This seems to be becoming more frequent, where people use the fact that they are gay/foreign/of a different religion/whatever as an excuse to get away with making trouble, and then if someone pulls them up on it, they then claim that they are being discriminated against.
Has anyone else encountered this sort of behaviour?
This is partially a rant, but I would like to hear other's similar experiences or opinions, which is why it's a thread and not a blog post.