Apr 9 2009
UK school where Islamic extremists forced a head teacher to quit has provoked fresh outrage by banning a traditional Easter bonnet parade.
Every year children have thrilled in taking part in the event on the last day of term while parents were always invited to watch them displaying the bonnets they had made.
The ban comes just weeks after a tiny group of Muslim parents branded former head Julia Robinson racist over her attempts to make all pupils attend one multi-faith assembly. Just 35 of the 240 children at Meersbrook Bank Primary school in Sheffield are Muslim.
Easter bonnet parades have been staged there for as long as most parents can remember. But the popular event has been cancelled with no explanation to parents.
Mike Judge, of the Christian Institute, said: “How can it be offensive to celebrate a Christian festival in a Christian country? So often these things are done by somebody who feels they should be offended on somebody else’s behalf.
“Lots of people celebrate Easter, even if they are not Christian, but sadly these ever-increasing cases are affecting people’s enjoyment.”
“It has been said that the parade has been stopped so that no offense would be caused to Muslims. But there has been nothing official. Children go to school to learn and making Easter bonnets is fun. I don’t see the problem. If it’s got some religious connection, so what?”
Mrs Robinson resigned her post in February after four parents complained about the proposed assembly. Chairman of governors Rob Stephens said: “It was a staff decision because there were so many things going on at once.
Mr Stephens said although the younger pupils had been enthusiastic about the parade, older children – particularly boys – were less keen which contributed to the school’s decision. UK EXPRESS