Utdanningskomiteen i parlamentet holdt høring om islamisters infiltrering og overtakelse av britiske skoler tirsdag. Komiteen fikk høre hvordan en lærer kunne ta seg til rette og vise en ekstremt voldelig jihad-video til elevene, uten at ledelsen reagerte.
Ian Kershaw undersøkte skolene i Birmingham på vegne av bystyret.
Ian Kershaw, who conducted an inquiry on behalf of Birmingham City Council, said the film portrayed images of “violent extremism” had been played to children despite concerns it was “completely unacceptable”.
Giving evidence to MPs on Tuesday, he insisted senior staff at the school – which was not named – failed to discipline the teacher involved after the incident came to light.
Men det den tidligere leder av Scotland Yards anti-terroravdeling, Peter Clarke, fortalte, var enda mer interessant.
Han hadde opplysninger om at videoen var blitt kopiert og spredt til andre skoler.
Ofsted, som holder oppsikt med skolene, har satt seks Birmingham-skoler under administrasjon og 11 under skjerpet oppsyn.
Clarke mente det var grunn til å tro at kupping av skoler var et fenomen man også fant i andre byer.
He also said it was likely that issues had spread beyond schools in the city and called on the Department for Education to “take a very careful look at whether the sorts of things that we found in Birmingham are indeed happening elsewhere”.
Clarke ble bedt om å utrede Trojan Horse-plottet av utdanningsministeriet. Han fant en generell atmosfære av mistillit og fiendtlighet mot andre trosoppfatninger og livsformer.
Mr Clarke, who was commissioned by the DfE to investigate Birmingham schools, reported in July that evidence of an “aggressive Islamist agenda” had been found in some schools. This included a social media group called the Park View Brotherhood used by male staff to spread homophobic and anti-western messages.
Appearing before MPs on Tuesday, he said there was no direct radicalisation of pupils but insisted he found a “general air of intolerance towards other beliefs or ways of life” and evidence that people were “sympathetic to or do not challenge extremist views”.
This included “anti-Christian chanting being led by one teacher during an assembly” and children being “strongly encouraged” to join in prayers against their wishes.
Hvordan skal myndighetene kunne drive forebygging av radikalisering i en slik atmosfære?
Mest skremmene er det Clarke sa om vitnenes skrekk, og fagforeningens manglende samarbeidsvilje.
In further comments, Mr Clarke said he was “surprised and shocked” at how frightened people had been to give evidence to his inquiry, adding: “I was finding people who were exhibiting signs of evident distress, anxiety and nervousness and what I could only interpret as genuine fear of the consequences should it become known that they had given evidence.”
He also appeared to criticise teaching unions, saying “two of the main unions have been pretty hostile throughout” his investigation, including arranging demonstrations.
To av de største lærerforbundene har altså stilt seg fiendtlig til undersøkelsen og solidarisert seg med skolene. Det er ufattlige. Hvilken fremtid går Storbritannia i møte?