Headteacher at School Linked to Radical Islamists Bans Books on Pigs – They Might Offend Muslims
The school has been linked to an alleged plot by Islamist hardliners.
The Guardian reported:
The headteacher of a school linked to an alleged plot by Islamist hardliners to influence state schools ordered staff to remove children’s books containing pictures of pigs, an employment tribunal in Birmingham has heard.
Rizvana Darr, the head of Adderley primary school in east Birmingham, which was linked to the so-called Trojan Horse plot, was said to have told staff to remove or cover up images of pigs on furniture in the school, and to remove books containing pictures of pigs, including popular children’s cartoon character Olivia.
The allegations were made by Yasmin Akhtar, a former teaching assistant at Adderley who is one of four staff members claiming unfair dismissal against the school after it accepted what she says were forged letters of resignation in 2012.
Adderley and its governors have maintained that the resignation letters were part of an effort by the staff members to destabilise the school, as detailed in the Trojan Horse letter that was circulated anonymously in late 2013 but is widely regarded as a hoax.