The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that a father racially abused school staff and assaulted a headteacher after two Muslim pupils were banned from lessons for refusing to shave off their beards…
Mohammad Liaqat took it upon himself to vent his anger at staff as children were leaving Mount Carmel RC High School, Accrington.
The 34-year-old was found guilty of racially-aggravated behaviour and assault by beating following a three-day trial at Burnley Crown Court.
Liaqat was remanded into custody and will be sentenced in June…
Liaqat, who has a child at the Wordsworth Road school, but was not directly affected by the case, became so angry that he launched a ‘racist tirade’ towards white members of staff, police said.
After being arrested, the defendant, of Richmond Avenue, Accrington, was told to keep away from the school and instead went to St Oswald’s RC Primary School, where another of his children is taught, and began using inappropriate language again.
When the headteacher Jeff Brown asked him to move on, Liaqat shoulder barged into him, a court heard.
After the trial, Xavier Bowers, headteacher at Mount Carmel said: “We are pleased that justice has been done in this instance…”
Mr Bowers said the school worked hard to maintain community cohesion.
He added: “We always try to work towards good relationships with our families.
“This was an unfortunate incident, but we can now draw a line under it and move on.
“We are largely a happy school and we have good relationships with our local community.”
After being taught in isolation for breaking the school rules, Mount Carmel governors later decided that as long as boys had started a Hafiz programme of study at their mosque, they would be allowed to grow a beard as a sign of their faith…
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