Pupils at ‘Trojan Horse’ School Were Shown Jihadist Video

Graeme Paton, Telegraph (London), September 2, 2014

Pupils from a Birmingham school at the centre of the so-called “Trojan Horse” investigation were shown a jihadist promotional video in the classroom, it has been revealed.

Ian Kershaw, who conducted an inquiry on behalf of Birmingham City Council, said the film portrayed images of “violent extremism” had been played to children despite concerns it was “completely unacceptable”.

Giving evidence to MPs on Tuesday, he insisted senior staff at the school–which was not named–failed to discipline the teacher involved after the incident came to light.

Peter Clarke, the former Scotland Yard anti-terror chief, told how a similar film may have been “shown or copied” by a technician within one of Birmingham’s schools.

He also said it was likely that issues had spread beyond schools in the city and called on the Department for Education to “take a very careful look at whether the sorts of things that we found in Birmingham are indeed happening elsewhere”.

The disclosures–in evidence to the Commons Education Select Committee–will reignite concerns over alleged attempts to impose strict Islamic practices in the classroom.

Ofsted has already placed six Birmingham schools in “special measures” and said another 11 “require improvement” amid claims of a Muslim takeover of schools.

MPs are also carrying out their own overarching investigation.

Mr Clarke, who was commissioned by the DfE to investigate Birmingham schools, reported in July that evidence of an “aggressive Islamist agenda” had been found in some schools. This included a social media group called the Park View Brotherhood used by male staff to spread homophobic and anti-western messages.

Appearing before MPs on Tuesday, he said there was no direct radicalisation of pupils but insisted he found a “general air of intolerance towards other beliefs or ways of life” and evidence that people were “sympathetic to or do not challenge extremist views”.

This included “anti-Christian chanting being led by one teacher during an assembly” and children being “strongly encouraged” to join in prayers against their wishes.

Mr Kershaw, who carried out a separate inquiry for Birmingham Council, said there was no evidence of attempts to “coerce young people into extremist, violent, jihadist activity”.

But he admitted there were examples of “very bad behaviour by some individuals in schools that needed to be corrected and addressed”.

“I came across a couple of examples where that did not happen,” he said. “An example would be the showing of a film which is completely unacceptable to young people, that was known by a senior member of staff that it happened and that member of staff in a senior position did not address that as a disciplinary matter.”

He said the video covered “violent extremism” but failed to name the teacher or the school.

Asked by a senior MP if it was a “jihadist, violent extremist promotional video”, he said “yes” before adding: “Shown in one classroom at one moment and that should have been stopped and should not have happened.”

Mr Clarke told MPs: “There were some suggestions that that sort of film had been shown or copied by a technician within one of the schools, but I did not come across direct evidence of the promotion of violent extremism.”

MPs also asked whether the issues found in Birmingham had spread elsewhere.

Mr Clarke said he was “not a great believer in coincidence and I would find it very surprising if this was only happening in the few schools that we had the time and the opportunity to look at in East Birmingham”.

He added: “Some of the people who were involved in promulgating these techniques of gaining control and influence in schools have had national roles in various educational bodies and I know have lectured and taken part in conferences in other cities, so I think it is incumbent on the Department for Education and others to take a very careful look at whether the sorts of things that we found in Birmingham are indeed happening elsewhere.

“I don’t know, I haven’t looked, but I would I suppose in a way be surprised if there weren’t at least some symptoms elsewhere.”

In further comments, Mr Clarke said he was “surprised and shocked” at how frightened people had been to give evidence to his inquiry, adding: “I was finding people who were exhibiting signs of evident distress, anxiety and nervousness and what I could only interpret as genuine fear of the consequences should it become known that they had given evidence.”

He also appeared to criticise teaching unions, saying “two of the main unions have been pretty hostile throughout” his investigation, including arranging demonstrations.

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  • MekongDelta69

    I’ll admit I don’t know as much about Brit politics as I do American, but today I saw Nigel Farage of UKIP on TV, and I liked what he had to say.

    He makes our black, muslim Marxist dictator look like a eunuch.
    (But then again, my great-great-great grandmother, who is obviously no longer with us, would make our Chump-In-Chief seem like a eunuch too.)

    • Steven Barr

      Farage is the best of a very bad bunch. He is not a nationalist and never will be but it’s better for us to support UKIP and steer it in the right direction then to get behind an explicitly racialist party like the BNP who will never get anywhere.

    • Neue Sachlichkeit

      Pretty sure it’s Obama’s own behavior that makes him look like a eunuch. Thou has no yarbles, thou jelly, thou.

  • ncpride

    For heavens sake….. not meant to insult our British readers, but how stupid do you have to be not to realize that when millions of Muslims are allowed into your country, this will inevitably happen? For the record, your schools are the least of your worries, Britain. Your very culture and way of life is at stake here. DO something!

    • TruthBeTold

      Cameron and his handlers are committed to making multiculturalism work even if it means eliminating the native population.

      • ncpride

        But it will NEVER work. It never has in the history of this planet, so if their plan is to eliminate native Brits, they have no choice but revolution. Do it now, before it’s too late and they are outnumbered.

      • me

        Cameron the Merchant, and his ilk, have slowly and sneakily taken over the British government, media, educational systems, courts, and banking. Divide and conquer, say the Merchants.

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  • TruthBeTold

    I saw a new report of Cameron yesterday saying that ‘religion was not the issue’.

    Multiculturalism isn’t the answer. It’s the problem.

  • As the often insightful anti-Muslim blogger Ann Barnhardt notes, the West is in a war with Islam. One side or the other will prevail. If the West loses, there will be a new Dark Ages

    Ann is strongly pro-Catholic (the older version of Catholicism, not the new Marxist, sodomite version). The question that preys on my mind is whether the West can win, given the pansyfied Western churches teaching tolerance. Ann says we must HATE. I already do, but how do you convince “Christians” that hate won’t condemn them to Hell?

  • Truthseeker

    All the Brits who opposed Enoch Powell have egg on their face now.

    • Jack Burton

      If only they were that smart and introspective. They’ll die willfully stupid.

  • Steven Barr

    Although they should be stopped from promoting terrorism, I’m actually opposed to stopping Muslims from having their own schools. They are different and should have different facilities. Much as I dislike multiculturalism I think multiculturalism is actually better than the “integration” which so many supposed conservatives and right wingers are proposing.

    • willbest

      No. If they are in my country, I want them indoctrinated. I can almost sympathize with Germany’s ban on home schooling, but that is far to fascist for my taste. It would be nice to just force all first and second generation immigrants into public schools, before the lineage earns the right to participate in religious or home schooling.