Batley teacher still in hiding six weeks after Muslim protests

The Religious Studies teacher forced into hiding after death threats and Muslim protests in March is still living in a safe house under police protection, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.

The paper has reported that the location of his safe house has even had to be kept secret from close relatives, and that his kids are currently unable to attend school amid the danger posed by the enraged mob.

The row kicked off in late March when protesters took aim at the school and congregated outside the school gates following reports that a depiction of Muhammad had been displayed in a Religious Studies class. The school promptly suspended the teacher and vowed an investigation – with an April 12 target for the start of the probe seemingly being missed, prolonging the misery of the teacher.

This site reported in March on the heartbreaking comments of the teacher’s father, who said that his “keeps breaking down crying and says that it’s all over for him. He is worried that he and his family are all going to be killed.”

“He knows that he’s not going to be able to return to work or live in Batley” he said. “It’s just going to be too dangerous for him and his family. Look what happened to the teacher in France who was killed for doing the same thing. Eventually, they will get my son and he knows this.”

The news that the Batley teacher is still in hiding comes after a similar story broke in Sheffield, where a teacher reportedly showed an image of Muhammad in a Ramadan assembly in what the school dubbed a “mistake”.

The Muslim school storm in Batley will form the backdrop of an impending by-election in the Batley & Spen constituency following the victory of Labour MP Tracy Brabin in the race to become West Yorkshire Mayor.