Trainee Doctor Sues over 'Racist Bullying by Fellow Students'

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Trainee Doctor Sues over 'Racist Bullying by Fellow Students'


Byline: Daily Mail Reporter

A BLACK medical student is suing her college for [pounds sterling]300,000 after claiming it was 'institutionally racist' in failing to stop alleged bullying by fellow medics.

Virginia Jibowu, 25, claims that fellow students at King's College medical school refused to eat or share a shower room with her.

She is suing the college - part of the University of London - for harassment, race discrimination and victimisation.

Miss Jibowu enrolled on a sixyear medical degree course for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in 2002.

She said students on her course had to wear a special badge, which led to them being bullied by those on the regular five-year degree.

She shared digs with five others, including Richard Pinder, a leading Young Conservative.

In legal papers submitted to Central London County Court, she said: 'Mr Pinder asked me if black men were less intelligent than other people. He also said that he had stopped contacting a mutual friend because he had become "too black".

Miss Jibowu claimed three other white flatmates- including one called Emily Bowen - were 'hostile' during her hospital placement in Hastings, East Sussex, in 2006.

She alleged: 'The group refused to share the shower room with me and discussed rotas for the only other shower. Emily stated, "We should introduce a virus into Africa to wipe out the continent and kill off all the black Africans so that we can move in". …

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