“Scotland is a tolerant, friendly and inclusive society. Unfortunately we sometimes have to deal with tragedies caused by prejudice and bigotry within our communities. We are well aware of the impact this has on individual victims, their families and the fears and concerns it raises in the wider community. This is why we need to do all that we can to eradicate prejudice and bigotry from our society.”

Frank Mulholland QC
Lord Advocate

Lord Advocate Frank Mullholland QC

“Intolerance is a new website created by a partnership between Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Learning & Leisure Services of North Lanarkshire Council. The website is intended to explore hate crime in Scottish society. This is done through thought provoking videos supported by teaching materials, designed to be used with young people to explore hate crime and its implications for both victims and perpetrators. The materials will ask users to decide if the videos reflect real life and explore when bullying becomes hate crime. Ultimately we hope the website will lead young people into thinking about the implications of intolerant behaviour.”

Frank Mullholland QC
Lord Advocate

Andrew Sutherland Executive Director of Learning & Leisure Serivces North Lanarkshire Council

“North Lanarkshire Council fully supports this working partnership between third sector agencies, staff and most importantly our students. In this initiative our young people have addressed some of the most difficult issues affecting modern society. I take great pride in the way our students have used their knowledge, skills and talents to tackle these issues openly and with sensitivity.

Finally, I am grateful to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Office for providing us with the opportunity to create this resource; one that I'm sure will be used in Scottish schools for many years to come.”

Andrew Sutherland
Executive Director of Learning & Leisure Serivces
North Lanarkshire Council

Them and Us

'Them and Us' is the story of Jack who allows himself to be drawn into a world of sectarian hatred. The script is about a hate crime motivated by sectarianism. Steph uses Jack's infatuation with her as a way of controlling him. While at one level Jack is aware of this he lacks the strength of character to break free from a course of action he knows is wrong. This fictional story is obviously a non-typical and extreme example of sectarian behaviour. However it was created by pupils from Bellshill Academy and Cardinal Newman High School and is intended to stimulate discussion about the nature of sectarianism.

Teaching materials, designed to be used with young people to explore Scottish sectarianism and its implications for both victims and perpetrators, support this video. By clicking on the button below you'll link to these materials and you should be able to view them in your web browser or print them out.

Teaching Materials:

  • Screenshot from Them and Us
  • Screenshot from Them and Us

Just a Laugh?

'Just a Laugh?' is an interlinked video about three young people who are victims of hate crime. To the offenders their behaviour is just a bit of banter, a bit of a laugh. To the victims however there is nothing funny about being subject to ridicule and hatred.

Teaching materials, designed to be used with young people to explore hate crime and its implications for both victims and perpetrators support this video. The materials will ask users to decide if the videos reflect real life and explore when bullying becomes hate crime. They will also lead young people into thinking about the moral and legal implications of intolerant behaviour.

By clicking on the button below you'll link to these materials and you should be able to view them in your web browser or print them out.

Teaching Materials:

  • Screenshot from Just a Laugh
  • Screenshot from Just a Laugh