| ||The Birmingham Post today reports one of the schools at the heart of Monday’s Dispatches documentary has received “malicious calls threatening to firebomb the building.” |
From the paper:
“Darul Uloom Islamic High School, in Small Heath, will be closed until next month amid safety fears over an investigation which filmed a hate-filled speech to pupils.”
“The school’s head of curriculum, Mujahid Aziz, said since the documentary had been shown on Monday, the school has been targeted by ‘a barrage of hate calls’ and that students felt ‘victimised’.
“‘The student themselves feel in the spotlight, they feel victimised. This is the very kind of thing that creates extremism.’”
“A West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘A number of messages believed to be of a malicious nature have been reported to police. Enquiries are currently underway.
“‘As a partnership West Midlands Police, Children's Social Care and the Department for Education who govern independent schools will be reviewing all footage filmed by Channel Four and Hardcash Productions to assess any concerns regarding the wellbeing and teaching of children shown in the programme.’”
One of the clips during the documentary showed a 17 year old speaker at the Darul Uloom school addressing a young audience and describing Hindus in a highly derogatory fashion. On Monday, a Daily Mail article quoted Mr. Aziz as saying, “We were aware of the views of this 17-year-old student and we dealt with him by exclusion straight away - before we even knew that we were being filmed.
“What people will see in that clip is completely contrary to what we teach at the school about harmony and awareness of different faiths.”
The DM article also included the comments of Birmingham Yardley MP, John Hemming, who described the Ch4 documentary as “irresponsible” and as “ideal fodder for the EDL.”
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