Pupils in UK school made to remove Palestinian flag

Pupils in UK school made to remove Palestinian flag
Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London. (Reuters)
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Updated 28 May 2021

Pupils in UK school made to remove Palestinian flag

Pupils in UK school made to remove Palestinian flag
  • Petition calling for teacher’s dismissal says children were told they were supporting ‘terrorist group’
  • Police called to The de Ferrers Academy for fear of protests

LONDON: Police have been called to a school in the UK over fears of protests after two pupils were allegedly made to remove Palestinian flags they had painted on their hands in class.

An online petition calling for the dismissal of the teacher involved in the incident, at The de Ferrers Academy in the town of Burton, has received over 1,000 signatures, and alleges that the children were told they were supporting a “terrorist group.”

Headteacher Kathy Hardy, in a letter to parents, warned: “Students who do not follow school rules and expectations will be sanctioned in line with our behaviour policy. We urge everyone to follow two of our values in this instance: ‘Be kind’ and ‘choose wisely’.”

Local police said they were attending the school over what they called an “ongoing incident.” It comes in the same week as a school in the city of Leeds was picketed after pupils were told to remove badges and posters they had brought to classes in support of the Palestinian cause.