Nick Gutteridge — Daily Express Feb 26, 2016
Teenager Joe Taylor was flagged up for political extremism by the deputy head after he used a school computer to click on the party’s website.
The 15-year-old went online earlier this week to research immigration following a classroom discussion on the subject, logging on with his school username.
But he was stunned when teachers subsequently reported him to the police, claiming he had raised welfare concerns by visiting “politically incorrect websites”.
Amazingly he was referred to a specialist team whose usual brief is preventing vulnerable youngsters from being groomed and indoctrinated by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis.
The youngster, who attends Wildern School in Hedge End, Southampton, was then hauled out of class on Wednesday morning so that he could be quizzed by an officer from Hampshire police.
During the interrogation the detective reportedly accused the youngster of being a UKIP “activist” and said it was “not right” that he had visited the party’s website.
Police said the contact with the teen was not solely sparked by accessing the Ukip website.
UKIP said the revelations were “astonishing” and provided further evidence of a “pervasive left-wing culture” amongst public sector workers.
The party’s candidate for Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) also raised concerns that teachers and officers may be carrying out an “anti-UKIP campaign” to influence young people.
The shocking intervention only came to light after Joe’s dad Mick contacted Express.co.uk to express his outrage at the treatment of his son, who spends much of his spare time caring for his nan who suffered a stroke six months ago.
He revealed that he received a phone call from teachers at Wildern on Monday morning telling him the police had been contacted over his son’s internet use, and asking him to attend a meeting with officers on Wednesday.
When he arrived he was informed that Joe’s access to the UKIP website had flagged up safety concerns, which had been passed on to the police’s specialist radicalisation team.
Mr Taylor, 52, said: “On Monday I receive a phone call and they said he’s been looking at some politically incorrect material at school.
“My first reaction was to ask them if it was porn, but they said no – it was the UKIP website. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
“We went into reception with the police officer and their first question to my son was ‘why are you a political activist for UKIP’?
“I asked why are you worried about the UKIP website and they said ‘well, we don’t think it’s right’.”