Gable Hall school cancel rap workshop after parents fears over Drill music

Ortu Gable Hall

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.

3 Responses to "Gable Hall school cancel rap workshop after parents fears over Drill music"

  1. thurrocksgonedownhill   January 22, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    They only call it rap because they can’t spell crap. As for drill it is pure poison for the work shy generation.

  2. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   January 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I’ve dealt with C17 laying into them in the previous article. search it.

    As for music every music throughout history has had calls for banning at the time. wheather it be
    Psychedelic rock of the 60’s, Punk in the 70’s, Acid House Rave in the 80’s or Hip hop Rap in the 80’s or Jungle, Drum and Bass in the 90’s.
    So question is which one were you?
    and more to the point why not deal with the social economic problems they talk about in the songs?

    It’s like theres a problem in the world so ban people from talking about it or singing about it and that solves the problem. but it don’t. It makes it massively worse. Instead of singing or rapping about it there now doing it.

    So solve the social economic problems.

  3. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   January 23, 2019 at 11:15 am

    TGDH wrote
    “crap music”
    I agree.

    “work shy generation.”
    I don’t think you could call this the work shy generation there is record employment.
    Admittedly low paid insecure dead end jobs having two or three jobs. But record employment there is.

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