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Police investigating homophobic video linked to protests outside Birmingham schools

Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson reported the video to police after it circulated on WhatsApp

2019-08-01

Words: Steve Brown

Police are investigating a ‘homophobic’ video and far-right material linked to the protests against LGBTQ-inclusive lessons in schools.

The headteacher at Anderton Park Primary school – one of the schools being targeted by far-right Muslim parents – reported the video to police after it was circulated via WhatsApp and refers to a ‘campaign against Muslims’, the BBC reported.

The clip allegedly refers to the protests against relationships and sex education (RSE) lessons in Birmingham schools.

Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson told BBC Newsnight: “I think it’s a police matter because it’s clearly homophobic, it incites hatred towards gay people.”

Sarah then branded claims that children were taught about ‘any kind of sex’ as being ‘ridiculous’.

Although no arrests have been made, West Midlands Police said they were reviewing a ‘large amount’ of material.

An officer – who wished to remain anonymous – said: “We believe both Islamist and far-right activists are using the protests to foster division between communities.”