UK: Headteacher sues “gutless” education chiefs for £100,000 for not backing her against Muslim school “bullies”

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By Tom Hutchinson/Daily Star

BITTER religious divisions on a primary school’s governing body plunged the headteacher into acute depression and destroyed her career, a leading judge was told yesterday. Wales Online


AN angry headteacher is suing “gutless” education chiefs for £100,000 for not backing her against Muslim school “bullies”.

Erica Connor claims her bosses did nothing as a group of Muslim governors tried to force her to change the school curriculum.

She also says she was “harassed” by the four-strong team as they demanded the pupils be taught more about Allah and Islam.

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And they tried to “railroad” her into linking up with the local mosque and focusing on Muslim worship, says the 57-year-old head, who has taken her fight to London’s High Court.

Erica is suing Surrey education bosses for “turning their back” on her as Muslim rivals branded her “racist and Islamophobic”.

She said she felt under personal attack when investigating bosses branded her “unresponsive to the needs of the faith community”, adding: “This was racism towards me. I felt that, had I been a Muslim head, things would have been conducted in a different way.

“I felt that they didn’t have the courage to stand by me in this.”

Erica, who says she is so depressed she may never work again, reckons bosses should have done a lot more to protect her and New Monument School.

The mum-of-one said her troubles began in 2003 when four Muslim governors were appointed, including convert Paul Martin and Mumtaz Saleem.

They took control of reg-ular meetings, repeatedly demanding more formal Islamic worship in the predominantly Muslim school and closer ties with the nearby mosque in Woking.

When she fought back, Mr Martin claimed the ethos of the school was racist and alleged she believed Pakistanis were “less intelligent”

An investigation later found she “had not been responsive to the needs of the faith community”.

Erica told Judge John Leighton Williams QC she was “horrified” by the conclusion, which she believes  made her “a helpless scapegoat”.

Council lawyers are fighting her claim for damages.

The hearing continues.

5 thoughts on “UK: Headteacher sues “gutless” education chiefs for £100,000 for not backing her against Muslim school “bullies””

  1. I wish her luck. Being in a virtual member of the ummah the deck’s stacked against her.

  2. This is EXACTLY what we should all do when being bullied by muslims. If we don’t start ‘fighting’ back and telling them we are not going to stand for their crap anymore – we will be submitting to them sooner rather than later.

  3. Yes, good on her for putting up a fight, and good luck to her. I hope she has a good lawyer who will sink in his teeth like a bulldog and not let go, no matter what.

    One thing I’d like to know – all this trouble was caused by four Muslim governors on the school board, two of them recent converts. One wonders how many people were on the board altogether: presumably there *were* others, non-Muslims.

    Final observation. This story should be borne in mind by all of us, reading it, who are parents or teachers. In particular, PTAs (USA) and Parents and Teachers, or Parents and Citizens Associations (in Australia).

    If Muslims get a place on the school board, or come to PTA/ P & C meetings – especially in groups – beware. For if there are Muslims in your midst, and especially if there are more than one or two, the demands for this and that will most certainly be made: first with all smiles and sweetness, then (if they don’t get what they want), with ever-increasing levels of aggression and throwing of virtual and actual tantrums, or even, if the school/ teacher/ P & C persists in resistance, threats. And any demand that *is* fulfilled will lead to more, and more aggressive, demands.

    I advise those, reading this article, who are parents, or teachers, to copy and keep the article, with full references; depending on where you are, it may be discreetly shared with headmasters, fellow teachers, or other parents, as a warning of what Muslims are likely to try to pull on us.

  4. I agree with dumbledoresarmy – this is an excellent case which demonstrates why muslims should not, in the present climate, be allowed to take any position of authority on school boards, the police force, the army. etc etc. So inform people of this case – give them the http addresses and let them make up their own mind.

    On other issues, I hope the lady can win her case, but given the fact that you have a labour government which seems to be wishing to force multiculti guff on Britian, I fear that she is in for a difficult fight.

  5. Whenever there is a blogpost about education we get mail from Iftikar Ahmed.

    This time he is late, tough he has posted his standard letter to other blogs that posted this story.

    We still have it on file:

    The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith.

    Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parens that the British schooling does not adequatly address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response.

    State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

    Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Muslims have the right to educate their children in an environment that suits their culture. This notion of “integration”, actually means “assimilation”, by which people generally really mean “be more like me”. That is not multiculturalism. In Sydney, Muslims were refused to build a Muslim school, because of a protest by the residents. Yet a year later, permission was given for the building of a Catholic school and no protests from the residents. This clearly shows the blatant hypocrisy, double standards and racism. Christians oppose Muslim schools in western countries yet build their own religious schools.

    British schooling and the British society is the home of institutional racism. The result is that Muslim children are unable to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. Every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism, therefore, no law could change the attitudes of racism towards those who are different. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism.

    There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be designated as Muslim community schools with bilingual Muslim teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

    Iftikhar Ahmad

    PS: unfortunately, Iftikar never tells us what race Islam is. Still waiting!

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