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24 May 2016, 14:22
A teacher at South Wirral High School starts petition for Hillsborough disaster to be included in the national curriculum.
Each year for the past four years South Wirral High School has held a 'Hillsborough Day' where Year 10 pupils have special lessons about what happened in 1989 where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives, as well as a special assembly with Hillsborough Family Support Group's Margaret Aspinall and Sue Roberts who both lost family members in the crush.
This year, after the fresh inquests ruled that all 96 were unlawfully killed and that the actions of fans weren't to blame, Graham Jones who is Head of Geography and Citizenship at the school tells Heart it's more important than ever: "It enables them to see through some of the misconceptions that people across the country have about Hillsborough. "It enables them to discover for themselves, use critical thinking and make their own independent panel report to look through the evidence and seek the truth themselves, and to not always believe everything you read or see in the media but to think about things for themselves and be independent learners."
Mr Jones has now started an ePetition, calling on the government to include Hillsborough on the National Curriculum. His post reads: "In 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough during the FA Cup Semi Final. There are 1000s of school children today that have little knowledge about the disaster. I propose that it should be included in the National Curriculum at key stages 3 and 4."
"This should be, and the truth should be across the whole nation and young people across the whole country need to learn that truth, not just for now but for generations to come so that the Hillsborough story and the legacy of the 96 lives on."