Sarah Everard: Chigwell high school creates video on female safety

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West Hatch High School has created a video for its pupils which aims to educate on the issues of female safety following the death of Sarah Everard. - Credit: MPS

A Chigwell high school has created an educational video on female safety following the death of Sarah Everard. 

A group of teachers at West Hatch High School got together to discuss how best to educate pupils on the subjects sparked by her death.

They created a video which was shown to pupils during tutor time.

Assistant headteacher Rob Tester told the Recorder: "The West Hatch family were incredibly moved by all the Sarah Everard coverage and the issues it raised, particularly those relating to the inequality of opportunity that is present in society.

"In this case we wanted to address these directly with what we feel is a hard hitting message expressing some of our staff's experiences, all anonymously read out by other teachers.

"The message we wanted to leave our community with is we can all do our bit to be an ally of those who feel uncomfortable as a result of the actions of others."

In a near-15 minute clip, pupils heard testimony of incidents which happened to female members of staff across a range of ages.

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The opening voiceover spoke of how women "took to social media" in the aftermath of Sarah's death: "Out poured stories of being followed, harassed, cat-called, assaulted, and exposed to."

There are a number of stories shared in the clip, ranging from a teenager being harassed on two buses by a man who fled when the bus driver approached him, to a woman being punched in the face for standing up to a cat-caller. 

The girl harassed on the bus felt "shame", while the woman assaulted felt "wary" of standing up to men who offered "unwanted attention".

All pupils have now seen the video, while parents also received the link.

Music teacher Marcella Lord said: "I watched it with my Year 7 girls and it started a lot of powerful conversations."

This video is one of many "layers" to a plan which will ensure female safety remains at the top of the school agenda, she added.