Friday, 6 March 2009

Parents facing prosecution after removing their children from school in protest at 'Romeo and Julian' performance

Parents who pulled their children out of school in protest at lessons about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history fear they will be prosecuted after education bosses pledged to take 'action' against them.

Some 30 primary pupils are thought to have missed school during the week of special lessons which included secondary school pupils performing Romeo and Julian, an adapted version of the Shakespearian classic love story.

Council bosses said the protest resulted in 'unauthorised absences' and had 'taken action' against parents who pulled their youngsters out of George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone, east London, but refused to state what sanctions are being taken.

Pervez Latif, a 41-year-old accountant whose children Saleh, 10, and Abdurrahin, nine, attend the school, said his wife Shaheen, 38, was worried they could be taken to court.

He said: 'My wife is very concerned she might be prosecuted.

'As yet we haven't heard anything from the council about whether they are taking action.'

Schools across the country took part in events to mark LGBT History week, including a performance of Romeo and Julian by secondary school pupils at Leytonstone School. Read more
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