GABLE HALL school in Corringham has cancelled a rap workshop at the school after concerns were expressed by parents over Drill music.
On Friday, the school put out a short message on their Facebook page. It stated: “Mr Evans (acting Principal) has acknowledged the concerns of our parents in regards to Drill artist Reveal visiting the school and has made the decision to cancel this event pending further research”.
Drill is a rap-based form of music that is full of violent lyrics and is seen by many as a celebration of violence and gang life rather than simply telling the story.
Concerns about the relationship between Drill music, drug dealing and violence have dominated the headlines in Thurrock. One gang, C17 has been the subject of a banning order in Grays. There have also been numerous arrests for drug-dealing.
Under the order they are banned from entering Grays town centre and park, Lakeside, Seabrooke Rise or Grays Beach Riverside Park.
They are also banned from making drill videos, wearing hoodies or face coverings, associating with C17 members on social media and, for some, being in the company of girls aged under 16. The gang members must also give Essex Police all details of their social media profiles.
A spokesperson for Ortu Gable Hall said: “Gable Hall Ortu Academy has worked with partners, including the Trailblazer project, for many years, offering our 1,500 students a wide selection of creative opportunities.
This year, the school planned on running a ‘Rap Workshop’ following an interest from pupils. Our friends at Trailblazers in partnership with Award Winning youth project organisation – Breakin’ Conventions, helpfully assisted in organising a workshop for 25 of our students.
“However, it is the decision of the school to consider carefully whether this type of workshop is appropriate for our students and therefore the planned workshop has been cancelled.
“Gable Hall has a proud history of supporting all types of creative talent and is keen work with our partners to look at alternative workshops which may better suit our students.