Though some schools may attempt to sweep it under the carpet, Amanda Robinson knows all too well that racism is alive and kicking in our schools.
Two years ago she was forced to wage a long, hard fight to get her son Tyler's suffering even acknowledged at Coleshill Primary School in rural Warwickshire.
In Tyler's case, the main culprit was his teacher.
"There was one pupil to start with," said Ms Robinson.
"That got resolved. He went up into Year 6 and the teacher started then. I asked Tyler if he could deal with it himself and he said he could.
"But because I didn't step in right away it got worse. It went on for seven months before I had to intervene.
"The final nail in the coffin was when she called him a 'monkey show'."
The alleged racist comment is said to have occurred as the teacher at the Church of England school sent three mixedrace boys out of class for misbehaving.
At the time, the school confirmed an allegation of racism had been made which was denied by the teacher.
"They said it wasn't a racist comment," said Ms Robinson.
"But you can't use those kind of derogatory words with mixed-race children."
Ms Robinson said the school failed to act on her repeated complaints and viewed Tyler as a 'problem child' instead of a victim of race bullies.
She claimed his problems at school led to him misbehaving and getting depressed at home.
Finally, out of desperation, Ms Robinson contacted Warwickshire Council's race equality support worker.
"I went through every procedure I could think of before I went to race relations.
"I wasn't being listened to. They just thought I was an irrational mother. They thought I was playing the race card because Tyler had been suspended.
"But it had nothing to do with that. I was fighting the racism way before he was suspended."
Ms Robinson even wrote to Dr John Sentamu, then Birmingham's first black bishop who is now Archbishop of York, asking for help.
"It was when they realised that I was not going to take it lying down that things started moving.
"The fight that I had and the hassle made me ill. But at the end of the day you have to fight for your children's welfare."
The race equality officer was able to help Ms Robinson sort things out with her son.
"The guy who dealt with my case was fantastic," she said.
"I don't think I would have got where I got to without his support. When he interviewed the head teacher he said he was appalled the school did not have a race policy or an antibullying policy."
Shortly after the episode, the school's head and the teacher in question left.
"I think they were living in the old days," said Ms Robinson.
"They have brought in a new head teacher now who is fantastic. The head teacher I was dealing with then didn't believe there was such a thing as racism or such a thing as victimisation against one pupil."
Tyler, now aged 13, has moved up to Coleshill School, on Coventry Road.
"With the school he is now at there is no problem," said Ms Robinson. "If there is the slightest hint of racism, the kids are out or suspended."
Ms Robinson said she was "disgusted" to hear of the level of racist incidents reported in Birmingham's schools.
"I think it lies with the schools how they deal with it," she said.
"If a child feels victimised to the point where they feel it is racism it must be resolved.
"As soon as you hope it will go away it will get worse. Children need to report it to someone they trust as soon as possible. They must tell their parents. If they don't get anywhere they have to bring in race relations."