From Bolton Patriot
Two British schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and 'pray to
Allah' during a religious education lesson.
Parents were outraged that the
two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to
take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.
said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at Alsager High School,
near Stoke-on-Trent - which included wearing Muslim headgear - was a breach of
their human rights.
Alsager School, near Stoke, has received furious
complaints from parents after two Year 7 boys were punished for refusing to
kneel to Allah during a religious studies class.
Alsager School, near Stoke, has received furious complaints from parents after
two Year 7 boys were punished for refusing to kneel to Allah during a religious
One parent, Sharon Luinen, said: "This isn't right, it's taking things too
"I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live
with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they
wouldn't join in Muslim prayer.
"Making them pray to Allah, who isn't who
they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being
"I don't want this to look as if I have a problem with the
school because I am generally very happy with it."
Another parent Karen
Williams said: "I am absolutely furious my daughter was made to take part in it
and I don't find it acceptable.
"I haven't got a problem with them teaching
my child other religions and a small amount of information doesn't do any
"But not only did they have to pray, the teacher had gone into the
class and made them watch a short film and then said 'we are now going out to
pray to Allah'.
"Then two boys got detention and all the other children
missed their refreshment break because of the teacher.
"Not only was it
forced upon them, my daughter was told off for not doing it right.
never done it before and they were supposed to do it in another
"My child has been forced to pray to Allah in a school lesson."
The grandfather of one of the pupils in the class said: "It's absolutely
disgusting, there's no other way of putting it.
"My daughter and a lot of
other mothers are furious about their children being made to kneel on the floor
and pray to Islam. If they didn't do it they were given detention.
"I am not
racist, I've been friendly with an Indian for 30 years. I've also been to a
Muslim wedding where it was explained to me that alcohol would not be served and
I respected that.
"But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and
take Holy Communion there would be war."
Parents said that their children were made to bend down on their knees on prayer
mats which the RE teacher had got out of her cupboard and they were also told to
wear Islamic headgear during the lesson on Tuesday afternoon.
headmaster Keith Plant said: "It's difficult to know at the moment whether this
was part of the curriculum or not. I am not an RE teacher, I am an English
"At the moment it is our enterprise week and many of our members of
staff are away.
"The particular member of staff you need to speak to isn't
around. I think that it is a shame that so many parents have got in touch with
the Press before coming to me.
"I have spoken to the teacher and she has
articulately given me her version of events, but that is all I can give you at
A statement from Cheshire County Council on behalf of the school
read: "The headteacher David Black contacted this authority immediately
complaints were received.
"Enquiries are being made into the circumstances
as a matter of urgency and all parents will be informed
"Educating children in the beliefs of different faith is part of
the diversity curriculum on the basis that knowledge is essential to
"We accept that such teaching is to be conducted with some
sense of sensitivity."