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Teacher suspended after showing 'Prophet Muhammad cartoon' in RE class sparking protest

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The school confirmed this afternoon that the teacher was suspended pending an independent formal investigation.

It “unequivocally” apologised that the inappropriate material was used.

Headteacher Gary Kibble said: “The school unequivocally apologises for using a totally inappropriate resource in a recent religious studies lesson. The member of staff has also given their most sincere apologies. 

We have immediately withdrawn teaching on this part of the course and we are reviewing how we go forward with the support of all the communities represented in our school.

“It is important for children to learn about faiths and beliefs, but this must be done in a sensitive way.

“The school is working closely with the governing board and community leaders to help resolve this situation.”

But speaking outside the school in Batley, West Yorkshire, before the dismissal was confirmed, Mohammed Amin Pandor, director of the Peace Institute said: “What has happened in the school – we are appalled. What has happened is totally unacceptable.

“We have made sure that the school understands that. The school is preparing a statement. Our discussion was that they prepared a statement and we weren’t happy with that statement.”

Roads were closed in the area as a result of the demonstration.



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