London : Teachers in the UK have said that they received death threats and intimidation from extremists, allegedly trying to control the governing bodies of schools, when they tried to tackle the subject of homophobia.
Threats in the form of dead dogs and cats hanging on school railings have also emerged in areas of the UK where the Muslim population is high.
Addressing an annual teachers’ conference in Liverpool, heads claimed a fresh campaign of intimidation against them following the so-called Trojan Horse scandal which involved Islamist extremists attempting to control the governing bodies of schools in Birmingham.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park School in Birmingham, told the conference: “Trojan Horse has not gone away. Those of us who were involved, we knew it was the tip of the iceberg. We still have dead animals hung on the gates of schools, dismembered cats on playgrounds. We have petitions outside schools, objecting to teachers teaching against homophobia.”
She said she had been sent a death threat on social media, in which someone had written, “Any headteacher who teaches my children it’s alright to be gay will be at the end of my shotgun.”
She claimed the death threat directed at her on Facebook had homophobic comments, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported.
UK education secretary Nicky Morgan said she had been made aware of some of these issues in Birmingham and that the government was taking action to tackle the issue.
She said: “There is no place for extremism in our schools and we continue to work to eliminate it. But this is not going to happen overnight.”