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09:00  18 may  2019
09:00  18 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Protesters challenge staff over the school ' s relationship education as they warn the demonstrations could "go national". Flyers had been sent around the local community encouraging people to join protests against the school "brainwashing" children that "it' s okay to be gay ".

Parents at a primary school in Birmingham have held a fresh protest calling for lessons about gay relationships to be stopped. Demonstrators gathered outside Anderton Park School calling for the headteacher to stand down and chanting "let kids be kids" while holding posters that read "my child

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Daily demonstrations have been taking place outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham but Friday's was the largest - and angriest - so far.

Flyers had been sent around the local community encouraging people to join protests against the school "brainwashing" children that "it's okay to be gay".

One man told Sky News he had joined the crowd because "homosexuality is a heinous, horrible thing". Another said homosexuality is "not acceptable for us lot".

Protests continue over school's 'okay to be gay' lessons © Sky News Screen Grab The school's head says the 'vast majority of protesters are not parents' But the protesters held banners that read "we are not homophobic people". They chanted for the headteacher to quit.

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Just over half - 53% - think schoolbooks for children as young as four should depict same-sex relationships, a survey finds. Parents of students at two primary schools in Birmingham have been protesting against lessons and reading materials designed to teach children that it is okay to be gay .

Parkfield community school in Saltley, Birmingham, has been the scene of weekly protests over the lessons The school made clear that it had never intended to continue the No Outsiders lessons this half term Its ethos is to promote LGBT equality and challenge homophobia in primary schools .

The demonstrations are organised by Shakeel Afsar, who does not have children at the school.

He is being helped by Amir Ahmed, who ran protests at Parkfield Community School that led to the school suspending teaching of its equality programme, No Outsiders.

Protests continue over school's 'okay to be gay' lessons © Getty Mr Bahm says what's being taught is 'horrific' and that the protests will go national They had invited Abdullah Bahm from Batley, West Yorkshire, to join the crowd outside Anderton Park.

He said they had got in touch via WhatsApp and were planning a national campaign.

He showed Sky News the "parent packs" he was putting together, which included "horrific" images and information that he claimed was being taught to primary school children.

Mr Bahm told the crowd the protests so far in Birmingham were a "pilot project" for wider opposition.

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The protests by the school ’ s largely Muslim parent body garnered a lot of coverage and raised a fundamental To be frank, for me, growing up gay and Muslim was bleak. Over half of BAME LGBT people report not being able to be open about their gender identity or sexual orientation to their family.

The club went into administration this week over an unpaid tax bill and some staff are said to be struggling financially. Angry protests continue over Birmingham school ' s ' okay to be gay ' lessons .

"This is going to go national, parents are going to complain like this and schools had better get ready for it," he said.

"They either throw the programme out or parents will withdraw their children odd days to make protests like they're doing here."

Parents involved in the protests at Anderton Park are stepping up their action by threatening to withdraw their children for a day on Monday.

There were tense scenes as protesters tried to challenge staff outside the school gates on Friday.

The headteacher, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, told Sky News "the vast majority of protesters are not parents".

Protests continue over school's 'okay to be gay' lessons © Sky News Screen Grab People chanted for the head teacher to quit She said the outrage was "spoiling a child's education, risking unauthorised absence fines, having unauthorised absence on a child's records, creating division between school and families where there wasn't any before".

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"All because it's important for children to know and understand that some people have two mummies?" she added. "It is quite unbelievable.

"The few people spreading misinformation will have to wrestle with their own consciences.

"The lies and misinformation are becoming more extreme. It's very sad that a few resort to this. Seeking to divide communities and plant doubt in children's minds about the teachers they have known their entire school life is unforgivable."

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