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Call for Wirral pupils to learn about Hillsborough tragedy
LESSONS about the Hillsborough disaster could be incorporated into Wirral's school curriculum.
The idea will be presented to Wirral Council when it meets next week.
A notice of motion will seek approval for the authority’s acting education director to open discussions with headteachers to gauge their views.
Twelve people from Wirral died as a result of the April 15 1989 disaster.
Last month, headteachers in Liverpool announced learning about the disaster would become part of pupils’ lessons.
Their decision came in the wake of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report which revealed the full scale of the cover-up and the efforts made by South Yorkshire police and others to shift the blame on to the victims.
The call to echo Liverpool is being made by Wallasey Conservative councillor Paul Hayes, whose request to council states teaching youngsters about the tragedy would “ensure all future generations know the truth of what happened on that day.”
He also asks the chief executive to write on behalf of the council to the Hillsborough Families Support Group, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and Hope for Hillsborough to express Wirral’s “continued support for their campaigns for justice and thanking them for their steadfast examples of courage and dignity.”
The Hillsborough Independent Panel was set up by the Government to investigate the disaster.
On September 12, it published its report and simultaneously launched a website containing 450,000 pages of material collated from more than 80 organisations over two years.
The panel found 164 police statements were altered, 116 of them to remove or change “unfavourable” comments about policing of the match and the unfolding disaster.
Distressingly, it also concluded 41 of the 96 fans who lost their lives possibly could have been saved if the emergency services’ response had been better co-ordinated.
Prime Minister David Cameron issued a profound apology in the House of Commons on the day the report was released.