FUMING is an understatement to how i felt after reading of the Staffordshire primary school trying to force 8-year-old children to attend an Islam workshop by intimidating the parents. As if arranging for young children from a Christian school to go to an Explore Islam event without first consulting parents views is bad enough. But to send a letter home to the children’s parents in which Headmistress Lynn Small said ‘Racial Discrimination’ would appear on permanent record for any child who didn’t go is absolutely disgraceful. To add insult to injury they expected the parents to cough up £5 to pay for the trip.
Littleton Green Community School head teacher Lynn Small tried bullying the parents to sending their child by threatening to brand the child racist on their files something that will stay with them though out their school life. Islam is a belief and not compulsory and certainly not something that should be rammed down their throat. The head mistress is a disgrace and unfit to be in such as position. Her conduct and attitude is disgusting. She should do the honourable thing and resign. If not she should be disciplined and sacked!
The school has claimed ‘The workshop will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions’ which is untrue. It will give them chance to explore 1 religion, ISLAM. Hence why the workshop is called Explore Islam and not Explore Religion.
What about Islam will they be exploring?? How the perfect Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a paedophile,a sexual deviant who had sex slaves,a womanizer,a murderer, thief, racist,con man ??? How Islam is spread by the sword, fear and forced conversions ??? How Sharia Law is out of date barbaric, sexist and racist ??? How millions of innocent people have been killed because of Islam??? How Islam encourages paedophilia, sex segregation, homophobia, honour killings and jihad ??? How Islams ultimate goal is a world of Muslims only ??? How Muslims terrorists slaughter innocent people in the name of Allah ???
No i very much doubt the workshop will cover any of those major attributes of Islam. It will be the politically correct Dawah version they explore that exists only in words and the imagination of the far left Muslim appeasers.
If you wish to express your disgust. The headteacher responsible for these events can be emailed at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children of 8 are ‘racist’ if they miss Islam trip: School’s threatening letter to parents is met with outrage
- Headmistress Lynn Small wrote to parents about multicultural school trip
- Children will attend ‘Explore Islam’ workshop at Staffordshire University
- ‘Racial Discrimination’ would appear on permanent record if they didn’t go
- Parents at Littleton Green Community School in Huntington complained
- Staffordshire County Council stepped in and head had to apologise
By ROSIE TAYLOR
PUBLISHED: 14:50, 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:50, 22 November 2013
Parents were ordered to send their children to a workshop on Islam or have them labelled as racist for the rest of their school career.
They were sent a letter warning that the primary school pupils would have a ‘racial discrimination note’ put on their records if they did not go.
Families were told to pay £5 per child for the Explore Islam trip next Wednesday to Staffordshire University, which would involve Year 4 and Year 6 children being shown Islamic artefacts.
Mothers and fathers were warned: ‘Refusal to allow your child to attend will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.
‘All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.’
Yesterday parents at Littleton Green Community School in Huntington, Staffordshire, said the threat to the pupils aged between eight and 11 was ‘ludicrous’. Gillian Claridge, 55, said: ‘How dare they threaten to brand the children racist at such a young age? It’s going to make them feel like little criminals.
‘The very nature of religion is all about choice. On this occasion they were not being given any choice at all. It was a draconian move and it’s left a lot of parents fuming.’
Stacy Waldron, 26, whose eight-year-old daughter is a pupil, said: ‘I feel my child will be [seen as] racist if I don’t allow her to go. This is my choice, not hers, and she shouldn’t have to pay for it.’
South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson described the threat as ‘bonkers’ and ‘a very heavy-handed approach’.
He added: ‘The idea of attaching a “racial discrimination note” to children’s education records saying it will remain on their file for the duration for their school career seems unfair, particularly when it is not the child’s decision whether or not he or she attends.’
According to the letter sent last Wednesday, the visit is part of the National Curriculum for religious education and also reflects ‘the multi-cultural community in which we live’.
It went on: ‘It is a statutory requirement for primary school children to experience and learn about different cultures.
‘The workshop will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions.
‘Children will be looking at religious artefacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices.
‘If you would like to discuss this further, please contact our RE co-ordinator, Mrs Edmonds.’
However, the school backtracked just one day later after council officers intervened.
A revised letter sent out on Thursday apologised for ‘inaccuracies’ and told parents: ‘On reflection, disregard a section from the earlier letter.’
Headmistress Lynn Small said: ‘We are a mainly Christian school, but we have to cover at least one other religion as part of the National Curriculum. This visit is part of that.
‘They would not be taking part in any religious practices. We have had similar workshops on a variety of religions in the past, including one on Islam, with no problems at all and the children have absolutely loved it.
‘We have pupils and teachers who belong to the Islam faith and it is right for the children to understand and appreciate their faith as well as their own.’
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said it was important for children to learn about different cultures but that parents had the right to withdraw their children if they wished.
‘Clearly it is not appropriate for comments about racial discrimination to be made in these circumstances,’ he added.
An Ofsted report this year concluded that the school, which has 341 pupils, ‘required improvement’.
THE ORIGINAL LETTER FROM SCHOOL HEAD LYNN SMALL TO PARENTS
As part of the National Religious Education Curriculum together with the multicultural community in which we live, it is a statutory requirement for Primary School aged children to experience and learn about different cultures.
The workshop is at Staffordshire University and will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions.
Children will be looking at religious artefacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. they will not be partaking in any religious practices.
Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.
As such our expectations are that all children in years 4 and 6 attend school on Wednesday 27th November to take part in this trip.
All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.
If you would like to discuss this further please contact our RE Coordinator, Mrs Edmonds.
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