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US News'Please don't disturb us': Children write to LGBT school protesters

17:00  23 may  2019
17:00  23 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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'So please don ' t disturb us when we are trying to learn and don ' t lie to us . Parents, children and protesters demonstrated at Anderton Park primary School over the teaching of LGBT lessons. The main organiser of the protests has said demonstrations will go ahead this week unless the approach

Parents, children and protesters outside of the Parkfield Community School in Birmingham where the 'No Outsiders' programme teaches children about LGBT rights. “The children at Anderton Park have a right to attend school without the daily disruption, and the protesters , many of whom don ’ t

'Please don't disturb us': Children write to LGBT school protesters © Other The letter written by two pupils at Anderton Park Primary School Pupils have written to campaigners asking them not to "disturb us" as demonstrations continue over the teaching of LGBT lessons.

Protests have been taking place outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham for more than seven weeks - with police officers present on Monday.

They say the lessons at the Sparkhill school are intolerant of Islamic beliefs and are "indoctrinating" children by teaching them about same-sex relationships and gender identity.

'Please don't disturb us': Children write to LGBT school protesters © Sky News Screen Grab Anderton park

Head teacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson tweeted the letter written by two students, saying: "Protesters: Please read this plea from two of our children at Anderton Park. Thank you."

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Protester Shakeel Afsar, coming face-to-face with Phillips, asked her: “How have you become so intolerant towards us ?” Protesters claim they are not homophobic, or against LGBT rights, but insist that either their children are too young to learn about the issues or it goes against their beliefs.

The school has been at the centre of protests for seven weeks but they have escalated in recent days. Muslim parents say they do not want their children to I don ’ t agree that you get to pick and choose which equality you can and can’t have.” Mr Afsar, who does not have children at the school , hit back

The letter read: "We are unhappy because you are being rude to all of the students and teachers, especially our headteacher.

"So please don't disturb us when we are trying to learn and don't lie to us. Thank you."

On Tuesday, West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson said there was no place for lawful or unlawful protests outside primary schools.

'Please don't disturb us': Children write to LGBT school protesters © PA Parents, children and protesters demonstrate against the lessons The main organiser of the protests has said demonstrations will go ahead this week unless the approach to relationship education is halted for further talks with the school.

Mr Thompson said the force had received a number of complaints since Sunday night including assault and criminal damage, as well as reports of malicious communications received by the school on Thursday.

The city council has also said it is looking into whether it can use a public space protection order to move demonstrations away from the school.

Meanwhile, Roger Godsiff, MP for Birmingham Hall Green, which includes the Muslim-majority school, has expressed concerns over the lessons suggesting four and five-year-olds are too young to learn about LGBT issues.

Teachers 'in tears' at school gates as row over LGBT classes worsens.
Mediation between parents and staff over the issue of relationships education at a Birmingham primary school has stalled. Nafir Afzal, who is in charge of steering talks between the council, parents and teachers, told Sky News that six weeks of discussions have been unsuccessful. He claimed staff at Anderton Park Primary School are at risk and frequently break down in tears because of hostility at the school gates - with protests taking place against teaching children about same-sex relationships.

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