The Plymouth Herald is reporting that children as young as eight have been banned by their parents from attending a school religious education trip to a British mosque – over ‘safety’ fears…
Around 100 primary pupils were due to go on the trip as an opportunity for pupils in Year Three to Six to learn about different faiths.
Lostwithiel School in east Cornwall said the trip to the mosque in Exeter, was part of an RE learning exercise…
But around 10 pupils pulled after parents said they had ‘grave concerns’ about the teaching of Islam.
One parent, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “We have grave concerns about the children’s safety during the trip due to the horrific events that occur every day.
“We have therefore decided not to send our children on this trip. This decision is not one based on ignorance or racial or religious beliefs, but one based purely on safety concerns.”
The parent said she was furious after the pupils not going were singled out in assembly…
This is an extremely depressing story and as someone now based in the South West I do think there is a much greater level of ignorance about other cultures than normally the case elsewhere.
Why? Probably because there are far, far fewer non-white people living down here than in most other parts of the country. That’s no one’s fault but it is an issue and schools probably have an extra responsibility to help their students become aware of it and become more familiar with and tolerant of people from other faiths, races and cultures.
That said, if the report about confronting the children in assembly is true, that can’t be right either, can it?
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