Students at a primary school, Punch Bowl Public School, in Syndey, Australia have been threatening their teachers with heinous acts of violence, like beheading or worse, causing one of the teachers to now quit. After filing many complaints since 2014, she was just pushed out.
She says that she has received death threats not only to herself, but also to her family, saying that she would be beheaded. One example of abuse occurred when she tried to stop students from hanging a Syrian flag in the classroom. In another incident, she was pushed into a corner by students marking around her chanting from the Koran. Students doling out these threats are as young as Year 5 students.
In addition to making violent threats, they are pressuring others to read the Koran. So far, three staff members have had to leave because of the stress, have received counseling and compensation because of the bullying of these Muslim students.
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 a 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.”