• Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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Parents protest outside second Birmingham primary school

More than 80 per cent of students at the school are Muslims. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

DOZENS of parents have protested outside a primary school in Birmingham calling for lessons on same sex relationships to be stopped.

Demonstrators gathered outside Anderton Park School yesterday (26) chanting “let kids be kids” and holding posters that read “my child my choice.”

They also distributed leaflets that declared “We DO NOT believe in homosexuality. Parents do NOT want their children’s belief changed.”

More than 80 per cent of students at the school are Muslims and a protest organiser was quoted as saying that “being Muslim and being homosexual unfortunately doesn’t coincide together.”

This is the second school in Birmingham to be hit with protests against the controversial “No Outsiders” curriculum. The LGBT rights classes were paused at the Parkfield Community School following protests from parents who claimed they were age inappropriate.

Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson has called on education secretary Damian Hinds to intervene.

She told Sky News: “You almost need to sit in a school like ours and listen to what’s being said, the unpleasantness that it causes and the homophobic nature of some of the things that are said to understand how what is written in Whitehall affects people on the ground everywhere else.

“We’ve had so many emails from all over the country – headteachers in Croydon, Manchester – saying this is happening to me in my school and this should not be the case. So yes, I am calling on the secretary of state to come out very clearly on this.”

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