Headteacher’s ‘Punish Muslims’ day warning
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