Parents of a British school are furious after officials mandated that their kids attend a field trip about Islam under the threat of being permanently branded as racists. Littleton Green Community School, located in the town of Staffordshire, was responsible for the mandatory multiculturalism efforts. The letter was written by the school’s headmistress, Lynn Small, but she wrote another letter apologizing for the racism threat after outraged parents contacted government officials.
The headmistress explained that the mandatory field trip, which involved parents an additional fee, would involve students “looking at religious artefacts, similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices.” Small also said the Islam trip was a “statutory requirement” for kids to “learn about different cultures.”
Although this seemed reasonable enough, it was the next few lines in the letter that left parents fuming. “Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record,” wrote Small. She also stated that this racist branding “would remain on file throughout their career.” After parents contacted government officials, Small was ordered to retract her threats and send another letter explaining that Racial Discrimination notes would not be given to students that didn’t attend.
The news come just days after it was revealed that African nation Angola had taken the measure of banning Islam and dismantling mosques in the country. The Southwest African nation’s minister of culture, Rosa Cruz, said that “the process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Their mosques would be closed until further notice.”