Batley Grammar School: Parents call for calm as petition supporting teacher passes 60,000

Parents at Batley Grammar School have called for calm amid a row over a teacher who showed students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.

A petition in support of the teacher, who apologised after showing the cartoon widely reported to be taken from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, has passed more than 60,000 signatures.

The row has prompted protests outside the West Yorkshire school, which has apologised and suspended the teacher involved on Thursday pending an investigation.

On Sunday, Yunus Lunat, a spokesperson for the Batley Parents And Community Partnership, said the teacher had failed to realise the image was “loaded with Islamophobic tropes”.

He said: “We believe that in a democratic society everyone holds a right to opinion and expression, however, we as parents and citizens also believe that with these rights come responsibility.


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