Four teenagers have been charged with alleged hate crimes involving the racial abuse of fellow pupils at an Aberdeenshire school.
The alleged incidents happened between September and January. Police said the four youngsters were charged this week after the matter was reported to them by a member of the public.
Community policing sergeant Kevin MacDonald said: “Four pupils, aged 13, 14, 15, and 16, have been charged in relation to acting in an allegedly racially-aggravated manner. The pupils have been reported to the Youth Justice Management Unit.”
The woman who reported the alleged incidents said she was shocked and distressed at the racism she had encountered.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said she would be writing to Aberdeenshire Council to discuss how young people can be educated on the issue.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We take any allegations of bullying seriously. However, as there is a police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment.”