More misery for teacher in Muslim cartoon row as school delays probe

Batley Grammar School, the Yorkshire school at the centre of a recent row about cartoon depictions of Muhammad, has failed to meet an April 12 date laid out by the Batley Multi Academy Trust to begin an independent probe into the matter.

The row broke out last month when a mob of coronavirus regulation-busting Muslim protesters assembled at the school gates and disrupted the start of the school day over reports that youngsters had been shown a cartoon image of Muhammad during a Religious Studies lesson.

The teacher involved was suspended and two more were reportedly suspended quietly too, with Batley Multi Academy Trust saying on March 30 that the probe would get underway on April 12.

But the stated date has seemingly been missed, with the Trust telling a local outlet that the probe will only “get under way shortly”.

Responding to a query by YorkshireLive yesterday, a spokesperson for the Trust said: “We have committed to commissioning a thorough and independent investigation which will get under way shortly.

“We will not be making any further public comments on this matter at this time.

“We will of course continue to support the whole school community, including all school staff, students and parents, throughout.”

The delay to the investigation could prolong the misery of suspended teacher, whose fate seemingly hangs in the balance after head teacher Gary Kibble confirmed on March 25 that he had “been suspended pending an independent formal investigation.”

The teacher has reportedly been put under police protection amid threats to his life from the intolerant mob. This site reported last month that his father had grimly warned that his son “knows that he’s not going to be able to return to work or live in Batley. It’s just going to be too dangerous for him and his family.”