Grammar school head issues “unequivocal apology” and suspends “RE teacher who showed class Prophet Muhammad cartoon” – but sends police officer out to tell furious Muslim parents protesting at front gates

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The Free Speech Union said it stands “in solidarity with the teacher at Batley Grammar who has been suspended at the behest of a censorious religious mob”. Toby Young, its director general, said he is writing to the headteacher to object, copying in Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, and to the local Chief Constable asking him to make sure the teacher is “protected from intimidation”. He told MailOnline: “Schools should be teaching children about the importance of free speech and for the headteacher to give in immediately to the demands of an outrage mob – apologising to them and suspending the teacher concerned – sets a very bad example. No one has the right not to be offended.”

Mark Duell and Jack Wright, MailOnline, 25th March 2021.