YOUNGSTERS from North Tyneside visited St James’ Park this week as part of an anti-racism project.
Percy Main pupils joined Newcastle United first team stars and manager Alan Pardew on Tuesday, where a new film was shown, which sees high profile professional footballers endorse the anti-racism message and give candid interviews.
Player Danny Simpson said: “I think they definitely do need to realise that it isn’t a laugh.
“It’s a serious thing – even if you think it’s just a bit of name calling, that really hurts people.”
The film has been produced by Show Racism the Red Card to help teachers challenge racism and promote equality.
The pupils took part in a range of anti-racism workshops before getting the chance to put questions to a panel.
Lisa Lowery, Year Six teacher at Percy Main, said: “The children had a fantastic day.
“I think they were shocked to find it was a broader issue than expected, but they now have a deeper understanding of what racism is about and what their responsibilities are.”