OVER 600 pupils have been sent home for their own safety after anti-LGBT protesters stormed a Birmingham primary school.
Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson was forced to close Anderton Park Primary for the day after protests “escalated significantly” over the past week.
BPM Media Police were called to Anderton Park Primary School yesterday
BPM Media Hundreds of pupils were sent home
Counter-protesters were pelted with eggs on Sunday, while Ms Hewitt Clarkson was bombarded with death threats this week.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable David Thompson fumed: “Frankly, a primary school is no place for the continuance of a large scale protest, however lawful.”
Birmingham City Council leader Ian ward added: “I support the extremely difficult decision that has been taken to close Anderton Park School at lunchtime on Friday.
“This decision was not taken lightly but protests outside the school have escalated significantly over the past week and our first priority must always be the safety of pupils, families and staff.
PROTESTS HAVE GOT WORSE
“Birmingham City Council is continuing to work with the police to ensure that measures are put in place to support the Anderton Park community when school reopens on Monday June 3, and I urge parents to engage with the school if they have concerns about equalities education.
“The staff and pupils of Anderton Park have shown remarkable resilience in the face of increasingly unpleasant protests over recent weeks.
“I would like to thank Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson and all the school staff for their hard work and wish them a relaxing half-term break.”
The protests are being led by Shakeel Afsar – who doesn’t even send his kids to the school.
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He accuses teachers of using “children as pawns” and “over-emphasising a gay ethos”.
In May he was given a legal warning not to interfere with the running of the school.
In heated scenes, Labour MP Jess Phillips last week accused him of damaging the reputation of Birmingham’s “peaceful and loving” Muslim community with his campaign against the school.
The school has been at the centre of protests for seven weeks but they have escalated in recent days.
Muslim parents say they do not want their children to take part in LGBT equality lessons.
BPM Media The protests are being led by Shakeel Afsar – who doesn’t even send his kids to the school
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