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Two more teachers 'secretly' suspended in cartoon row

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Last week a teacher was suspended from Batley Grammar School, in West Yorkshire, after showing the controversial cartoon during an RE lesson. But head teacher Gary Kibble had failed to reveal that two other members of staff have also been suspended from their jobs. Mr Kibble had initially issued a fulsome apology before announcing the action against the first teacher. But the school attempted to keep the involvement of the two other teachers quiet.

A school source said the concept of blasphemy had been part of the curriculum, but Mr Kibble had not authorised the showing of the cartoon.

The source said: “Two other teachers are being investigated but the school has been trying to keep it secret because they don’t want attention being drawn to the fact that this went beyond the actions of one person.”

“They were not in the class at the time but were aware that offensive material was going to be used, it is claimed.” Angry protesters had descended on the school demanding the teacher who showed the drawing be sacked.

Dewsbury charity Purpose of Life named the teacher online, forcing police to move the rugby-playing “Yorkshire-lad”, his partner and their four children into hiding as death threats were issued.

Mohammad Hussain, the charity’s founder, wrote: “This to me is terrorism.”

All three suspended teachers could lose their jobs pending the findings of an independent investigation which will begin on April 12.



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