En gruppe spanske studenter på sommerskole i Storbritannia for å lære engelsk, ble overfalt av en gjeng hettekledte ungdommer og kom rystet fra hendelsen. Nyhetene om knivdrap og gatevold får stor oppmerksomhet og når utlendinger opplever det samme, får det ekstra vekt i hjemlandet.
Episoder som den de spanske studentene opplevde i Sheffield kan påvirke søkningen til britiske sommerskoler. Det samme gjelder drapene på de to franske studentene i London. De vakte stor oppsikt i Frankrike.
I en global verden sprer vilkårlig vold skrekk. Den blir emblematisk for samfunn hvor man ikke kan stole på de man møter.
Spanish students on a exchange trip to taste British culture were ambushed by a hooded gang who hurled bricks and bottles at them.
Police said that some of the assailants were as young as 11. The exchange students, aged 13-17, were chased down the street and sought refuge in the Heritage Park Special School, Sheffield, while emergency services travelled to the scene.
The students had arrived from Madrid to improve their English as part of a language exchange programme in Chesterfield, and had travelled to Sheffield to visit an ice rink.
After the attack three of the students were treated in hospital for cuts, bruises and shock.
John Hill, the headmaster at Heritage Park, said: «Many of the students were hysterical. These were nice, middle-class teenagers whose families had paid a lot of money for them to be here. Most of them were absolutely distraught. Many were suffering from shock and were sick. The whole of our dining room turned into a medical centre. We had to enact our school’s disaster policy.»