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It’s day 2 of a high court appeal to get a protest ban around primary school lifted. The court is currently hearing headteacher Sarah Hewitt Clarksons cross examination
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @MrsSHC
Referring to figures shown to her by says “There’s been a rise in homophobic hate crimes in Birmingham East - 26 in March this year compared to 6 in March last year - I think the protests outside my school have played a part in that”
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CommissionCE @MrsSHC
Asked about her meeting with Sarah Khan of says “if I’m asked about what’s been happening I will answer honestly and truthfully - but the term ‘extremism’ was her word” after a report from Khan saying the protests have been hijacked by extremists
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @MrsSHC
“I think I’m taking a legal position on this issue” - response when asked if she’s taken a ‘strong position on the LGBT issue’ by defence barrister Mr. Paul Diamond
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CapitalMidsNews
Asked about complaints about the books from parents - Sarah Hewitt Clarkson responds “we heard concerns about parents not being allowed to inspect or vet the books - we responded with workshops and feedback forms”
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Questioning of headteacher has finished - prosecution barrister Ramby De Mello has now started his cross examination of deputy director of Sophie Taylor
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CapitalMidsNews
When asked about pulling children out of lessons she responds “I don’t think a school would be expected to grant an opt out from subjects like music - frankly the law doesn’t allow for that - but in primary school, children can be taken out of sex education at the parents request
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @AndertonPark
Resuming after lunch - deputy head at Claire Evans has been called to the stand. The court is being shown videos she took showing how the protest chants of “Head Teacher Step Down” could be heard from the playground, and within the school.
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @AndertonPark
More videos are shown displaying how the protests at the edge of the exclusion zone could still be heard from the school grounds
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CapitalMidsNews
Mrs Evans adds: “You can see from the videos we’re being accused of teaching self touching - and the lady in red saying it was shouting at a level audible to the pupils at the school.”
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @AndertonPark
Assistant headteacher of Kathy Mayne has been called to the stand for cross examination by Mr. Ramby De Mallo
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CapitalMidsNews
She is excused after brief questioning on the nature of how she felt intimidated by protesters.
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Amanda Daniels - principal Education Psychologist at has been called to answer questions on her assessment of the effect the protests have had on staff at ...
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CapitalMidsNews
She said “The impression I received was this was a happy group of teachers and support workers who felt their previously happy community had been disrupted - and even started to question and doubt their own abilities. They seemed to simply want things to return to how they were.”
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @CapitalMidsNews
Local resident Tom Dunn saw t he protest and told the court: “They referred to people of the LGBT community as pedophiles or dogs. If someone compares me to a dog because of my sexuality I’m fairly sure that violates the equality act.”
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @BhamCityCouncil
Court has adjourned for the day as barrister Mr. Manning confirms his case rests and all witnesses have been called. The case will resume at 10am tomorrow.
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Capital Midlands News Oct 15
Replying to @JoshGiltrap
Capitals reporter has a roundup of today’s events
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