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🎥 There’s a high court appeal to lift a protest ban around in Birmingham today. There have been demos there over the programme which teaches LGBT equality. We spoke to headteacher about what it’s been like
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Heart Midlands News 13 Oct 19
🎥 “I do not want to see anyone intimidating children, parents and teachers” - Education Secretary gives us his reaction to the protests.
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Heart Midlands News 13 Oct 19
🎥 Protest organiser says the demonstrations are nothing to do with homophobia - and parents only want to be listened to.
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Heart Midlands News 13 Oct 19
🎥 We spoke to resident, and counter-protester Kathryn Day. She told us these protests have had a damaging effect on the area.
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Heart Midlands News 13 Oct 19
🎥 Rosina Afsar is one of many parents who've been protesting. She's taken her children out of and told us what it would take for the protests to stop.
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
🎥 “It makes me sad for kids going to those schools... and just for any LGBT kids”. Birmingham comedian has this message of support for anyone who’s been left feeling marginalised by the protests.
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @HeartMidsNews
Protesters and parents are gathered outside the high court in Birmingham - they say the protest ban is a ‘gag order’ - denying them the right to have their say
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @ShakeelAfsar8
“We’re hoping to put an end to this” - protest leader spoke to us ahead of the hearing
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @HeartMidsNews
Around 70 people are crammed into the small courtroom - Mr. Manning, representing Birmingham City Council said “This is not about freedom of speech or the right to protest- its about the behaviour of the defendants”
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @BhamCityCouncil
Mr Robert James from is standing firm on his claim that the injunction was sought because of how the protesters were acting - “Parents have a right to object to LGBT teaching, but this behaviour has been deeply inappropriate”
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @AndertonPark
He added that there’s lots of evidence of fear and distress being caused to residents, students and teachers - and the injunction was not related to what was being taught at
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @AndertonPark @MrsSHC
Headteacher of has been called as a witness
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @AndertonPark @MrsSHC
Asked about equality policy being timed with Gov’t RSE act says that they’ve had a “small ‘p’ equality policy for years - like a kindness policy or washing-your-hands policy. This new policy we’re look at now relates to the teaching of 9 protected classes”
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @MrsSHC
“One of the biggest meetings involved Rosina Afsar at the start of February. All of the people in that room said they have no problem with equality” - on how meetings with parents began to escalate - she continues...
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @HeartMidsNews
“... There was legitimate questions and good discussion - but the week after that things changed very rapidly. I had a meeting in my office with Rosina and her brother Shakeel...” (cont’d)
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @HeartMidsNews
“He slammed his hand on my desk - using the word ‘demand’ - I’ve never had a meeting like that in 26 years of teaching. He was trying to whip up a frenzy in my office - and then his WhatsApp group...
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @HeartMidsNews
“.... I don’t mind staunch objection but I do mind aggressive behaviour. We are a primary school and I am not going to invite aggression within those walls”
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @MrsSHC
Asked about the books told the court “I understand it’s difficult to have a book like Princess Boy - but it’s an impossible situation for me as a headteacher to simply ban it, or lock it away in a cabinet where only certain children are allowed to see it.”
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @AndertonPark @MrsSHC
“I feel a bit uncomfortable discussing these things because I am not a Muslim. But homosexuality isn’t a sin in British law.” - headteacher enters a third hour of questioning at the appeal by defence barrister Mr. Ramby de Mello
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Asked about why she let LGBT group SEEDS tie ribbons to the school gates echoes “it wasn’t about LGBT - it was a symbol of support in response to the behaviour of the protesters. I didn’t think it would be incendiary”
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Heart Midlands News 14 Oct 19
Replying to @JoshGiltrap
Our reporter has more from outside the high court.
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