Parents have been protesting outside Batley Grammar School this morning after a teacher allegedly showed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammed.— ITV News Calendar (@itvcalendar) March 25, 2021
The school's headteacher, Gary Kibble, says "the school unequivocally apologises..."https://t.co/SzeM3aG9yy pic.twitter.com/w5w8LIhtxq
A petition started by students of the teacher suspended by Batley Grammar School has been signed by thousands of people today – at a rate of one per second – as it was revealed he was forced to flee his home because of death threats.
The ‘burly Yorkshire lad’ in his 20s, who has not been named, is getting support from police after he allegedly showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed as the headteacher today kept 980 children at home after 50 Muslim protesters from outside the area turned up for a second day.
Some of his students have launched a petition trying to save his job, which has been signed by more than 3,000 people by 2pm today, up by 2,000 in the past 12 hours.
People who backed the campaign to save his job have described him as a ‘good man’ and a ‘diligent teacher’ who is ‘respectful of all religions’. Others said the school must stand by him, insisting he was being ‘bullied out’ by ‘radicals’.
One Muslim parent signed the petition, named Mohammed J, wrote: ‘I would like to convey my support for the school and also the teacher concerned. He has taught my daughter and she speaks very highly of him. I would not hesitate to see him teach her again. I am confident that the teacher concerned did not mean any offence and I hope following an investigation he returns to his role at the school.’
If you want me to respect your right to your religion, you must respect my right to not respect your religion.— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) March 26, 2021
If you don't like that, go live in a theocracy.