Religious Studies students meet inspirational speaker

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16 November 2017

A group of Year 9 and 10 students had the privilege to meet and hear the story of Jo Berry this afternoon as part of their work in Religious Studies. Jo's father was an MP killed when the IRA bombed the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in 1984. Patrick Magee was convicted of planting the bomb but only served part of his sentence because he was released as part of the Good Friday Agreement. Soon after the bombing happened, Jo knew that she needed to meet him. This meeting finally came in 2000 where they met in a friend's house in Dublin. For the past 17 years they have met frequently and now work together to help people build bridges and stop seeing people who might be different to them as the 'other'. 

Students had the opportunity to ask Jo about her feelings and motivation, and some of the questions were very thought-provoking. Twelve of these students then volunteered to stay behind and speak to Lee Johnson from BBC Tees about the impact of hearing Jo's story and how it has affected their views on terrorism and the way it is often shown in the media. 

 

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