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    I’m fed up with my year being so racist and homophobic and making jokes about religion that really aren’t funny at all. And I approach people but they just laugh and say it’s our way of banter. And I get that but it’s not banter when it’s taken that one step too far like they need to learn when to stop.
    Thanks for letting me rant!
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    Hey there Isoflute

    That is so not okay, i'm so sorry you have to listen to that. You are totally right it's not banter - when we attack people for their religion, their race, or their sexuality is considered hate speech and you are absolutely doing the right thing by disagreeing with it. You need to make sure you keep yourself safe, however, so maybe you could tell a teacher next time someone says something like this?

    You should be proud of yourself from standing up for what you believe in.

    Remi
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        Hey Isoflute!
        I get religious comments a lot, even from my friends in school. It is especially bad when there is a subject in history, that concerns religion. My friends are mostly joking but the comments I get from some of my classmates sometimes cut deep. Usually, I just play them off like they don´t matter. I laugh and say a few comments myself (with me being bi, really weird and almost always in physical pain due to my health I´ve learned to put on a smiling face even when there is nothing for me to smile about) but it does hurt a lot and it´s hard. My dad is a priest in a church and it´s because of that, that I get a lot of comments. It´s not serious or anything but well, sometimes we can´t help what hurts.
        All I wanted to say is, you are not the only one that hates those types of comments and you should definitely stand up to what you think is right.

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          Hi Mammu,

          You've offered really good advice to Isoflute, so thank you for that. It sounds like these comments have hurt you. I can't imagine it's very nice to hear such things, especially from your friends. Have you explained to them how the comments make you feel? A lot of people think it's just banter and don't realise the impact of the things they say, so it might be good to just check in with them about this. I'm also wondering if you've spoken to any of your teachers about this, or your parents? I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing this. Do know that we are here to support you further if you want it.

          - Monsoon
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          Hi Mammu,

          You've offered really good advice to Isoflute, so thank you for that. It sounds like these comments have hurt you. I can't imagine it's very nice to hear such things, especially from your friends. Have you explained to them how the comments make you feel? A lot of people think it's just banter and don't realise the impact of the things they say, so it might be good to just check in with them about this. I'm also wondering if you've spoken to any of your teachers about this, or your parents? I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing this. Do know that we are here to support you further if you want it.

          - Monsoon
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        Hi Isoflute,

        Thanks for coming to us for support. I am so sorry that there was no reply from a support member of staff to help you. I'm wondering, is this still going on? If so, we are here to help you. This is bullying and no one deserves to go through this. Do let me know how the current situation is and I can figure out how we can best support you.

        Keep your chin up, Isoflute.

        - Monsoon

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