I work for a large college but based at a small satellite site where we are managed by an incompetent inexperienced manager (who has no teaching qualis or experience in education). One of our students recently made an extremely racist comment during a lesson with a supply teacher. It was not directed at anyone but as the supply teacher and I agreed, one of the most racist things we have heard a student say. The teacher handled it well and immediately challenged the student's views. After telling me she discussed it with our manager (who had overheard it from her office anyway). I was surprised a few days later to note that the incident had not been recorded on our student notes/concerns system and I asked my manager why. She said she felt that we didn't need to overreact as it was dealt with by the teacher at the time and that it was a cultural opinion (she was alluding to the fact that the student was not English). I feel like this sort of incident should still be taken seriously and recorded and the boy spoken to in a formal meeting. I believe his own cultural opinion is not defence for making such comments and at the very least we have a duty as a college to re educate him on what is acceptable. Am I overreacting? Is it better dealt with informally and left alone?