Police at Birmingham school as tensions mount over LGBT lessons

Police at Birmingham school as tensions mount over LGBT lessons
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Posted on 20 May 2019

The LGBT lessons row today took an ugly turn at Anderton Park school in Birmingham’s Balsall Heath district, with police being called to the premises as tensions mounted.


Although much of what happened remains unclear, there were claims of a resident’s car being pelted with eggs by people wearing masks, and of a petition being signed by hundreds of people demanding the resignation of headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson and an end to equality teaching.

Labour MP Jess Phillips was also involved in a clash with an anti-LGBT protester outside the school, during which she made it clear that she would be asking the council to set up an exclusion zone so that children could get to and from school safely.


Hours earlier a group of mostly female LGBT activists were allegedly egged as they put up pro-LGBT messages, banners and rainbow flags. 

Anti-LGBT lessons campaigners have also claimed that around 600 pupils at the school were kept at home today in protest at the same-sex-relationships lessons.


Protests have also taken place over the past few months outside Parkfield Community School in Saltley, with parents wanting the No Outsiders education programme, included in which are lessons about LGBT relationships, to be stopped. 

The school’s assistant head teacher, Andrew Moffat, who is himself gay, devised No Outsiders back in 2014.


Mr Moffat will be leading the Birmingham Pride carnival parade on Saturday, accompanied by a number of LGBTQ Muslims in a show of solidarity and support for the No Outsiders initiative.

 

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