My colleagues recently told me about a young girl Jana* whom they had met. She told them of how she had been called ‘black mouth’, been told she ‘looked disgusting’, and had had her shoes hidden by her class-mates, leaving her barefoot in the snow. When her family raised this with the school, nothing was done. When Jana’s brother Karol* defended his sister, he felt unsupported. Other pupils told them they were dirty and smelled bad. When the teachers found out, they told the children they did no...

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