A teacher has been suspended after allegedly showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a R.E lesson.
Dozens of furious Muslim parents protested outside the historic Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire today which had to delay its opening and told pupils to stay at home amid chaotic scenes at its gates.
Headteacher Gary Kibble ‘sincerely apologised for the great offence to the community’ and a local Islamic charity claimed the suffering of Rohingya Muslims would ‘only increase if we allow this kind of behaviour’.
Parents began gathering from 7.30am this morning outside the school with about 20 to 30 pupils, By lunchtime, the crowd remained outside the school and police began threatening protesters with fines.
A West Yorkshire Police officer at the gates read out a further apology from the headteacher, but this provoked more fury from those gathered, who called on the school to sack the teacher and claimed he was a ‘danger’.
It took until 2.30pm for the demonstration to be cleared by police, who made no arrests and issued no fixed penalty notices.
Mufti Mohammed Amin Pandor, a local Muslim scholar, told the crowd that the teacher had been suspended, which was later confirmed by the school.