Head­teacher’s ‘Pun­ish Mus­lims’ day warn­ing

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Char­lotte Dob­son and So­phie Evans

APRIMARY school has sent a warn­ing to par­ents about a sick ‘Pun­ish a Mus­lim Day’ that en­cour­ages vi­o­lent acts.

Leaflets pub­li­cis­ing the cam­paign, which in­cludes calls for Mus­lims to be at­tacked, have been cir­cu­lated through­out the UK and are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice forces across the coun­try.

Now Green­field Pri­mary School in Hyde, has taken ac­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter that has been posted on so­cial me­dia, head­teacher Nasira Frost in­formed par­ents of the sched­uled ‘day of hate’ on April 3.

She said that, while noth­ing may hap­pen, she felt it was im­por­tant to share the in­for­ma­tion ‘so that you can all de­cide what pre­cau­tions you may wish to take, and what con­ver­sa­tions you want to have with your chil­dren’.

“Please take care of your­self and your fam­ily,” she added.

It comes after sick leaflets were posted through doors across Bri­tain, spark­ing a po­lice probe.

One Twit­ter user, whose broth­ers at­tend Green­field Pri­mary School, shared a pic­ture ap­par­ently show­ing Mrs Frost’s let­ter to par­ents.

A Tame­side coun­cil spokes­woman said: “We have re­cently pro­vided po­lice guid­ance to schools on re­ports of anti-Mus­lim mes­sag­ing re­ported lo­cally which are in­tended to cause fear and of­fence.

“We would like to re­as­sure peo­ple that ar­rests have been made and as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we have ad­vised schools and com­mu­nity groups to en­sure that in re­sponse we do not in­ad­ver­tently en­cour­age oth­ers to com­mit sim­i­lar of­fend­ing fu­elled by pub­lic­ity in the me­dia and on so­cial me­dia.

“We, of course, want all our staff, par­ents and pupils to stay safe – The date falls dur­ing the school hol­i­days and so this should not cre­ate any anx­i­ety around at­tend­ing school that day.”

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice in Lon­don are among the forces in­ves­ti­gat­ing the leaflets, which have also been re­ported in Lon­don, the Mid­lands and west York­shire.

Anti-racism groups have voiced their hor­ror at the leaflets – which direct any­one with ques­tions to the HM Courts and Tri­bunals Ser­vice – and urged any­one who re­ceives one to pass it to po­lice.

Ac­tivist group Tell MAMA, which was set up to tackle anti-Mus­lim ha­tred, said the threats were be­ing treated with ‘the ut­most se­ri­ous­ness’.

Any­one with any con­cerns about a com­mu­ni­ca­tion they may have re­ceived should con­tact po­lice on 101.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice has been con­tacted for com­ment.

Green­field Pri­mary School in Hyde

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.