Tuesday 17 October 2017

Why don't we just criminalise bad taste?

LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tributes to teacher Anne Maguire adorn the school fence at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road on April 29, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen-year-old male student has been arrested in connection with the death of teacher Anne Maguire who was fatally stabbed yesterday during lessons at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tributes to teacher Anne Maguire adorn the school fence at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road on April 29, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen-year-old male student has been arrested in connection with the death of teacher Anne Maguire who was fatally stabbed yesterday during lessons at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Trolls were out for murdered teacher Ann Maguire
Jordanian journalists should have taken it outside
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

The killing of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire last month by a student was one of the most shocking things any of us have heard this year.

By all accounts, she was a genuinely lovely woman who was truly mourned, not just by the pupils who were in the school when she was stabbed by a 15-year-old student, but also by the numerous past pupils who returned to the school to pay their respects to a beloved teacher.

And, as is now the standard response to any sickening incident, the jokes and the trolls were quick out of the blocks.

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