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
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
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