En religionslærer i en offentlig britisk skole gikk så langt i undervisningen om islam at hun skulle ha alle til å gjennomføre bønneritualet. To gutter som ikke ville legge seg på kne for Allah, ble straffet med å sitte igjen, og hele klassen mistet et frikvarter. Flere foreldre reagerte kraftig på hva barna ble utsatt for.
Hendelsen fant sted Alsgar-skolen i Cheshire, en av de fremste i området, og læreren heter Alison Phillips. Hun holder seg borte til bråket dør hen, men er ikke suspendert.
Det var en meget realistisk «øvelse» hun gjennomførte, og hun la sin sjel i den. Elevene som ikke oppførte seg som de skulle, ble anklaget for å vise manglende respekt.
Yesterday parents accused the school of breaching their human rights by forcing them to take part in the exercise.
One, Sharon Luinen, said: «This isn’t right, it’s taking things too far. I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn’t join in Muslim prayer.
«Making them pray to Allah, who isn’t who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful.»
Another parent Karen Williams, 38, whose 12-year-old daughter is a classmate of the boys, said: «I am absolutely furious my daughter was made to take part in it and I don’t find it acceptable.
«The teacher had gone into the class and made them watch a short film and then said ‘we are now going out to pray to Allah’.
«Then two boys got detention and all the other children missed their refreshments’ break.»
She added: «Not only was it forced upon them, my daughter was told off for not doing it right.
«They’d never done it before and they were supposed to do it in another language.»
She said the pupils were asked if they had water on them, and when one girl produced a bottle, the teacher began washing her feet with it.
She is said to have got prayer mats out of the cupboard and also asked children to wear Islamic headdresses.
Viserektor sier at læreren kanskje ble litt for ivrig. Hun hadde lagt opp til et rollespill, og kanskje ikke informert 12-åringene godt nok. Men ikke noe sted blir foreldrenes bekymringer møtt og forstått. De gikk på mer grunnleggende prinsipper.
Schoolboys disciplined for ‘refusing to pray to Allah’