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Batley Grammar row: Why are protesters lining up over Prophet Muhammad cartoon?


Protesters have gathered outside a school in West Yorkshire for a second day after a teacher showed students a cartoon in a religious education lesson that is seen as offensive by the Islamic faith.

Dozens of people stood outside Batley Grammar School, partially blocking the road, with calls for the teacher for be sacked.

The school was shut on Friday and switched to remote learning after it “unequivocally” apologised for showing “totally inappropriate” material to children, and said a member of staff has been suspended pending an investigation.

West Yorkshire Police were first called to the protest on Thursday morning and confirmed the road was closed for a short time, but no arrests were made and no fines were issued.

The Independent has looked at everything we know so far.

Why are people protesting the school?

Angry parents and community leaders reported that a teacher showed students a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, during a religious studies class on 22 March.

The school apologised for the incident on Wednesday, but protesters began gathering outside the school on Thursday morning and stayed late into the afternoon.



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