Angry Muslim parents have reportedly withdrew 600 children from the Parkfield Community School in Birmingham after claiming their children are being ‘brainwashed’ by LGBT lessons at the school.
The row between teachers and parents erupted after assistant headteacher at the Parkfield Community School in Saltley, Andrew Moffat MBE, who himself is openly gay, introduced a programme that promotes LGBT equality and challenges homophobia in primary schools.
The program means that books at the school will not only include conventional stories like mommy and daddy but also daddy and daddy and Mommy, Mama and Me amongst other stories promoting same-sex relationships.
Some reports suggest that up to 80 per cent of the pupils who attended the school have been removed by their parents.
Alum Rock Community Forum said the children were withdrawn over the school’s “undermining of parental rights and aggressively promoting homosexuality”.
The forum added: “Dialogue, petitioning and protests by parents have been repeated and arrogantly ignored.
“Our children, Our Choice – Work with parents not against them.”
The school has sent out a letter to parents appealing with them to stop the weekly protests for fears it is disrupting and upsetting the children, teachers and families.
One angry father, Abdul Ma, 46, told the Sun : “This is a brainwash.
“We bring our children here so they can later work as a solicitor or a teacher, not to be taught about being gay or a lesbian.”
While another parent, Razina Mahmood, 40 added: “This is nothing but indoctrination of our children.
“You are using our children as an experiment.”
Chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, condemned the angry parents while defending the No Outsiders programme saying it is important children learn about those “families that have two mummies or two daddies”.
Mrs Spielman, in light of angry protests against teachings of same-sex couples, told the BBC : “It’s making sure [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies.
“It’s about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they’re not bad, they’re not ill.
“And, at the end of the day, it’s something that the vast majority of faith schools, even those which clearly teach that homosexuality is not right in their faith, still manage to do in a sensitive and careful way that absolutely does fulfil the law and we report on that very regularly in our inspection reports.
“This is something where we’ve got to have sane, rational discussion to say, ‘Are there places where it’s not working well enough that we can find better ways?’
“But it’s proper conversation that will change it, not protests.”
She added: “The essence of democracy is we don’t all get our way.
“The essence of democracy is that we accept majority decision which means there will always be things that some of us don’t like.
“That if we were running the country, we wouldn’t do.
“But that is the very essence of it – accepting that we can’t have 100 per cent of what we want.”