The incident at Batley Grammar School demonstrates the importance of engagement and consultation between parents and the school. We must ensure that the criteria for deciding on resources should be educational.

It is well documented that Islamophobic rhetoric is on the rise and the use of pictures of Prophet Muhammad is deeply offensive to Muslims. The school has a duty of care, especially in a climate of increased hostility towards Muslim children. Therefore, it is necessary to ask if teaching the issue of blasphemy warrants showing cartoons depicting The Prophet Muhammad wearing bomb turbans. We trust that the school will investigate this matter and take the appropriate action needed.

Raghad Altikriti, President of MAB said “We stand ready to engage with all those involved to ensure topics such as these are taught in a respectful and sensitive manner, and that both teachers and students feel safe and respected in the classroom.”

Muslim Association of Britain

26th March 2021

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