Christian teacher tells of race slurs by pupils aged 8

A teacher claims he has been sacked for reprimanding pupils who made racist remarks about his being a Christian. Nicholas Kafouris said he lost his £30,000-a-year post because he would not tolerate the ‘openly racist’ behaviour of pupils as young as eight.
He said the predominantly Muslim youngsters openly praised Islamic extremists in class, and hailed the September 11 terrorists as ‘heroes and martyrs’.

Greek-born Mr Kafouris, 40, taught for more than ten years at Bigland Green Primary in Tower Hamlets, East London, where according to the most recent Ofsted report ‘almost all’ the 465 pupils are from ethnic minorities and a vast proportion do not speak English as a first language. He is taking the school, its headmistress and assistant head to an employment tribunal where he will claim he was forced out after highlighting the rise in racism among pupils. In 2006, said Mr Kafouris, he brushed against a boy while giving him a book. ‘He said rather brusquely to me, “Don’t touch me, you’re a Christian”. I found this very offensive.’

Later that year, he said children aged eight and nine in his class praised the suicide bombers in the 9/11 attacks. ‘In late November and December 2006, many various unacceptable and openly racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian remarks were being made by many and various children in Year 4,’ he said. ‘These included, “We want to be Islamic bombers when we grow up”, “the Twin Towers bombers are heroes and martyrs”, “we hate the Jews” and “we hate the Christians”.’

And in January 2007, he claims some pupils ‘expressed delight’ that a child had died when a wall collapsed on him in London. When asked why, he said one of the children replied: ‘Because he’s English.’ The following month, during a religious education lesson about Jonah and the whale, he claims one of the pupils asked if Jonah was a Jew, before shouting: ‘I hate the Jews, they’re our enemies.’

Mr Kafouris says he completed ‘Racist Incident Reporting Sheets’ and notified headmistress Jill Hankey in writing about each incident. But he claims his concerns were ignored because she wanted to maintain the school’s ‘good’ Ofsted rating. Mr Kafouris, who is unmarried and has no children, was also reprimanded for handling a discussion about religion with a child ‘inappropriately’, which he denies. He says assistant head Margaret Coleman accused him of shouting at pupils and telling them Muslims had produced suicide bombers - claims he rejects.

‘I believe after I complained to the head about the racist and religious discrimination incidents, I suffered victimisation,’ he says. 'I also suffered less favourable treatment and incurred harassment by the head and assistant head. ‘The two people above created an intimidating, hostile, degrading, threatening, humiliating and offensive environment for me at my work.’ Mr Kafouris says the way he was treated brought on stress and depression, and that he was forced to take time off work. He was finally dismissed because of his absence, on April 30 this year.

A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council, on behalf of the school, said: ‘The governing body stands by its decision and we believe all the correct procedures were followed.’

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What is happening to Britain?Or rather,what has happened?It seems to have become a cautionary tale for other nations who encourage non-assimilation.

One rather wonders what the other side of the story is.

It’s the Völkischer Beobachter, oops, sorry, Daily Mail and good old fashioned ‘Muslim Ate My Hamster’ stuff, of course, but it’s just allegations at this stage. I suppose we’ll have to wait for the Employment Tribunal before we find out more because the School/Governing Body/Local Authority will save their positions/evidence until then.

OMG :o

Yes, I am a bit skeptical about the reporting of the Daily Mail, but a search of Google News doesn’t show any other news about the teacher.

As you say, we’ll have to await until more events unfold.

Not that much of an exaggeration.

Editorial stance

The Mail takes an anti-EU, anti-abortion view, based upon “traditional values”, and is pro-capitalism and pro-monarchy, as well as, in some cases, advocating stricter punishments for crime. It also often calls for lower levels of taxation. The paper is generally critical of the BBC, which it argues is biased to the left.[29]


Oh, I’ve no doubt that many here would absolutely love the Daily Mail. Many would have loved its stance then, probably.

You know the old joke? Who is a racist, sexist, fascist homophobe? Anyone winning an argument against a liberal. :stuck_out_tongue:

I love how these posts always resort to the same ol’ shoot (or shame) the messenger. :shrug:

I love watching the competition to be the most ‘right-off’ ‘conservative’.

I don’t even know what you mean by that but I assume it’s not again a thoughtful critique of the information given, but rather, another attempt at “dialogue” through derision. :shrug:

The title of this thread is confusing. If the students were harassing the teacher for being Christian, they were disrespecting his religion, not his race. Christians can be of any race, as can Muslims.

Rather presumptuous to say Americans would have liked its [pro-Hitler] stance then. Most here were isolationist rather than pro-Hitler. And I would say that the isolationist instinct in US history is sounder than our current proclivity for butting in all over.

Okay, back on topic. If the Mail is Volkissher Beobachter then The Timesis Pravda. Where does the Telegraph* fit in that spectrum?
I subscribe to Damian Thompson’s blog but don’t read much else of it.

*I do find it charming that they’ve never seen fit to change the name.

As I said, I do like the competition to be the most ‘right off’ ‘conservative’.

I’m a Telegraph reader - it’s possible to be a Conservative (UK and European variety) and be repulsed by the Daily Mail.

It was ‘Völkischer Beobachter’, by the way.

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