Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia, have lately expressed fears over radicalization of their young students. The teachers revealed that students are showing signs of radicalization at a young age, saying some of them have received threats of beheading and other violent behavior. According to the Daily Telegraph, students as young as those in year 5 are making vicious threats and pressuring others to read the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney.
Owing to the stress, three staff members have reportedly taken a leave of absence, received counseling and been awarded compensation after they were bullied by Muslim students.
One female teacher reportedly quit her job after it got too much for her. She claims she quit after receiving death threats to her family from her year 5 and 6 students, with some saying they would behead her.
The teacher also said she made numerous complaints back in 2014 about the extraordinary behavior in the class. For example, she said, she was abused by students after she stopped them from hanging a Syrian flag in the classroom.
In another example, she claimed she was pushed into a corner by students who began marching around her chanting the Koran.
The bullying wasn’t restricted to teachers. The woman also reported an incident where children bullied other students by saying that someone had “betrayed his religion” by “not going to Muslim scripture”. In another incident, she said a “group of boys had stood around a girl and called her horrible names like dog”.
The region’s education department didn’t deny any teachers received compensation. However, they insisted they weren’t aware of any instances of religious-related violence at the school.
“All NSW schools must immediately report all concerns of anti-social and extremist behavior in NSW schools to a dedicated hotline,” a spokesman said.
“The Department of Education continues to work closely with law enforcement agencies on such matters. To maintain effective operations and protect the privacy of students, the department will not identify schools participating in these programs.”