Batley Grammar School: Prophet Muhammad cartoon row ‘hijacked’


“Extremists on both sides” have hijacked the row over a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad being shown in a school, a Tory peer has said. Crowds have gathered for a second day outside Batley Grammar School to protest over the “inappropriate” image. It is understood the West Yorkshire school has switched to a day of remote learning after earlier demonstrations. Baroness Warsi said the debate has been used to fuel a “culture war” at the expense of “kids and their learning”. Batley Grammar’s head teacher Gary Kibble issued an “unequivocal” apology and said the teacher had been suspended since the image was used in a lesson on Monday. Protesters had demanded the teacher’s sacking, while some parents who spoke to the BBC said they didn’t agree with the protests and found them “intimidating”.

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