Good news as the Batley teacher can return to work but bad news for society as Muhammad cartoon won't be shown in school again
Click Here: Dean Beaumont, from Felixstowe, saved £585 by switching his energy supplier | Find out how much you could save
At last the Batley teacher and his family can come out of hiding. Two months ago, in a shocking decision by the weak Head of Batley Grammar, the religious studies teacher was suspended after showing his class the cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.
A 14-year-old Muslim pupil went home and told his parents what he had seen. This led to a mob of Muslim protestors outside the school.
The teacher feared for his life and that of his wife and four children. So they were forced to flee their council house and have remained in hiding protected by the police ever since.
Click Here: Barrie Pearce, a teacher from London, saved £568 on his energy bill | Compere cheap energy quotes now
That is an absolute disgrace in itself. During that time the school set up an inquiry and yesterday they announced that the teacher can return to his job as he did not mean to cause any offence. Thank you for that!
The weak idiots who run Batley Grammar could have decided that on Day One. Will that teacher want to return to a school run by that Head? Will he want to come back to an area where a religious minority can influence what he can teach. I certainly wouldn’t.
Click Here: Michael Woodward, from Durham, saved nearly £1000 in 2 years on his previous energy bills | Get cheap energy quotes now
The teacher told the inquiry that the cartoon was included to initiate a discussion about the meaning of blasphemy. As a secular society that was entirely correct.
However the inquiry added:” Nevertheless the Trust recognises that using the image did cause deep offence to a number of students, parents and members of the school community.
“The Trust deeply regrets the distress this has caused and considers the topics covered by the lesson could have been effectively addressed in other ways and without using the image.”
So that’s it. The cartoon won’t be used again. I don’t agree with that.
I’m with Stephen Evans, chief executive of the National Secular Society who says the decision is a route to censorship that sets a poor precedent.
It will, he says, affect teachers’ ability to do their jobs across the country. Hear, hear.
READ MORE: Click here to read more articles from Kelvin MacKenzie