by Oliver Lane
One of the infamous ‘Trojan Horse Schools’ taken into
special measures because of Islamist infiltration is said to have banned
girls from mixed sports because of the discomfort it caused male
Park View Academy, which was taken into special measures last year
after it was found to have been the subject of an Islamist take-over
plot is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the government.
Speaking at a hearing yesterday, school press officer Susan Packer
told how she was shut down by other members of staff when she complained
of sexist treatment of pupils, reports the Birmingham Mail.
She said former principal Monzoor Hussain had justified a policy of
preventing girls from getting involved with mixed sports lessons because
it made male staff feel uncomfortable to see the girls play. She claims
he told her male teachers “did not want girls to be seen with their
bits jumping up and down”.
Her question was in response to a group of girls being withdrawn from
a mixed tennis lesson. She initially pursued her enquiry with executive
head teacher Lindsey Clark, but was told the board of governors had
already ruled on mixed sports.
This follows a pattern established at other so-called Trojan Horse
schools, where radical Islamists took control of the board of governors
and gave a leg up to like-minded teachers and staff while marginalising
others. The government contends those under investigation from Park View
and the trust which controlled it were exerting an “undue amount of
religious influence” on the school.
These accusations are just the latest shocking developments coming out of the hearings gathering evidence about Park View.
Breitbart London reported in July
that it was business as usual at the school, as despite it being taken
into special measures a number of Islamist plotters who had been
involved in the take-over attempt had been allowed to return to work.
Last week it was reported
that teachers and students alike used the words “Jew” and “Kuffar” — an
Arabic term meaning unbeliever — were bandied about the school as
insults directed as non Muslims working and studying there.
The witness, a sex education teacher who has been granted anonymity
by hearing panel said: “when I heard this term used I felt very
uncomfortable because it is not appropriate language to be used
anywhere, but especially in a school”.