Batley Grammar School announces independent investigation into Prophet Muhammad cartoon incident

An independent investigation has been launched into the incident which saw an image of the Prophet Muhammad shown in a lesson at a Yorkshire school, sparking protests. 

The inquiry will look at the “context” of how pupils at Batley Grammar School were shown a caricature of Muhammad, according to the multi-academy trust which runs the school.

Protesters gathered outside the West Yorkshire school on Thursday and Friday last week after the teacher was suspended, provoking a nationwide debate featuring often polarised views.

Batley Multi Academy Trust said in statement on Wednesday that an inquiry panel would begin work within a fortnight and said: “We understand everyone will want clarity as soon as possible.”

“We believe the right way forward is for an independent investigation to review the context in which the materials (which caused offence) were used, and to make recommendations in relation to the Religious Studies curriculum so that the appropriate lessons can be learned and action taken, where necessary.”

The statement added: “We will continue to support the whole school community as the investigation progresses, including all school staff and students.”

The trust said it expected the outcome of the investigation towards the end of May.

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