Damilola Taylor killers finally found guilty

At last there is some sort of closure to this episode.

This story saddened me hugely because Damilola died for nothing more than being studious in an environment where being clever or hard working at school marks you out. There is a real cult of underachievement in many schools and this particularly prevalent amongst black boys.

The advice recently given by a teacher to colleagues not to describe students as clever may have sounded uber PC at the time but I think it could be a sensible response to a particular set of circumstances.

The other worrying element of this story is the catalogue of errors in the investigation. This seemed like a fairly simple case yet it has taken 6 years and millions of pounds to bring the killers to justice. It is just not good enough.

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