Calm over Brexit urged by school's principal
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EXTREMISTS on both sides of the Brexit debate are teaching dreadful lessons to our children, says the women in charge of Gordonstoun.
Lisa Kerr has lamented the verbal and physical attacks on anti-Brexit MP Anna Soubry and Sky News and Guardian journalists.
Anti-Brexit Tory MP Anna Soubry had to interrupt a live interview to respond to loud chants of 'Nazi'.
Meanwhile Sky News presenter Kay Burley needs a security escort to protect her from pro-Brexit protestors and Guardian journalist Owen Jones was chased by a gang of men.
Called on her fellow educators to teach tolerance and respect, Ms Kerr said: "It seems that simply taking part in a topical and important debate now makes you a target for abuse. As well as being deeply depressing, this is teaching dreadful lessons to our children."
"We must be sure we are teaching future generations the lessons learned from the past. We may be about to exit an economic and political union, but we can still be tolerant of each other’s beliefs and recognise the value of each other’s cultures."
Gordonstoun was founded by Kurt Hahn, a Jewish headmaster who fled Nazi Germany after openly criticising Hitler.
Ms Kerr added: "Education has a vital role to play in helping young people to learn about the common threads of humanity. Inaccurate assumptions about people from other countries have fuelled a rise in racism which has set people against each other.
"Education can immunise our young people against the destructive rhetoric of a society concerned about protectionism rather than protecting the vulnerable, about taking back control rather than taking positive action, about closing borders rather than opening closed minds."