Pimlico Academy in London has caved in to student protesters by agreeing to take down the UK flag pending a review.
This site reported yesterday how woke students at the school has walked out in a BLM-inspired protest over a number of alleged grievances including opposition to the UK flag being flown, and changes in the uniform policy forbidding colourful hijabs and unruly hair that blocks the view of other students.
The Union flag was apparently a source of long standing controversy at the school, with students reportedly removing it and torching it last September.
Tensions have once again escalated, with graffiti appearing in recent days taking aim at the school. One piece of racially charged and semi-literate vandalism popping up over the weekend asked: “White schools for brown kids are u mad”
But the school has now already caved following the woke walk out, with head teacher Daniel Smith saying of the UK’s beloved Union flag: “The issue of the flying of the Union flag was discussed at length. We acknowledge that this symbol is a powerful one which evokes often intense reactions. We have listened to the concerns of students, parents and the wider community about it.
“After Easter, we will conduct a review of this and, as part of that, consult with all the academy’s stakeholders to elicit their feedback. In the meantime, and until that review is concluded, the Union flag will not be flown at the academy.”
Smith has even gone so far as to praise the students in a statement, calling them “bright, courageous, intelligent young people, passionate about the things that matter to them and acutely attuned to injustice” and saying “I admire them hugely for this though I regret that it came to this.”
He’s also caved in on the school’s PSHE curriculum, saying: “I, too, having reviewed the contents of that curriculum carefully, feel that now is the moment to begin long-overdue discussions that will lead to a significant updating of that programme.”
He vows to “map out a new programme, one that will address contemporary issues and will ensure that students are better able to navigate the world safely and healthily” in collaboration with students and external agencies.
On the school’s uniform policy, Smith said: “Sixth Form student representatives raised concerns about certain aspects of the academy’s Uniform Policy.
“I was able to reassure students that their previous representations on these points had been the motivation for reflection which, in turn, resulted in revision to the relevant polices taking place. These redrafted policies are the ones I shared with you this morning and remain available to download below.”