A primary school will teach children about Islam so they can “learn the facts” following the London Bridge terror attack.
Millhouse Primary School, in Tavistock Road, Laindon, has sent a letter to all parents informing them about the planned lessons.
Staff hope the topic will help children understand the meaning of the religion and bring the community together.
The lessons will focus on Islamic Art, Ramadan and the importance of caring for the natural world.
Really? So, all the fluffy stuff, and none of the danger? That’s like telling children that water’s great to drink in and wash with and swim in, then wondering why they drown in the neighbour’s pond…
In the letter, headteacher Gareth Allen said: “We recognise that for some of you this may be a sensitive subject at this present time, however we feel that it is even more important that the children learn the facts about religion rather than the ideologies of a minority of people who use their views to inflict harm and upset on others.”
Are the parents happy? Reader, they are not:
Kerry Dehaan, 28, whose five-year-old daughter Bayleigh attends Millhouse Primary School, said: “I went up to the school to talk to them about it and there was a queue out the door of parents complaining. It is far too soon.
“The children are far too young to be worrying about religion and bombs.
“They should be scared of the bogey monster, not frightened that they would be bombed.”
Is the headmaster backing down? Reader, he is not:
Mr Allen has stood by his decision. He told the Echo the syllabus was set last summer before the latest attacks and covers all the main religions.
And couldn’t possibly be changed, oh, dear me, no….