A gay primary school teacher who leads diversity lessons for children said he has received threats from those who are calling for him to resign.
Andrew Moffat MBE has been under fire from parents who are protesting his No Outsiders project, which teaches children about LGBTQ equality and challenges homophobia in schools.
Now the assistant head, who works at Parkfield Community School in the predominantly Muslim Alum Rock area of Birmingham, says that he has been receiving ‘nasty messages’, which left him feeling ‘very threatened’.
‘I’ve had some nasty emails, I’ve had some comments on messenger. I have felt very threatened. It’s been a challenging couple of weeks,’ he told the BBC. ‘However, what keeps me going is the support from the school which is absolutely brilliant, the DfE, Ofsted, the city council. ‘There are lots of people recognising that this work is important and that’s what you have to hold on to.’ Parkfield Community School is located in a predominantly Muslim area and currently holds an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
Just last week Mr Moffat was subjected to chants of ‘say no to Moffat’ outside the school’s gates after a crowd of aorund 100 protesters turned up
Parents claimed the teacher is pushing his ‘personal beliefs’ on the children shouted that they must be ‘protected at this tender age’. Some carried signs that read ‘my child my choice’, ‘no Islamophobia’ and ‘preserve innocence and purity of our children’.
A petition has since been started by ‘Parkfield Parents’ calling for him to be withdrawn as a nomination for the Global Teacher Award, which he was put forward for last year.
The petition accuses Mr Moffat of ‘betraying our trust’ and argues that he is discriminating against them based on their religion by ‘enforcing his sexual orientation and opinion’. Mr Moffat first created the No Outsiders project, which aims to teach acceptance and celebrate diversity, in 2014.
Despite the protests, he said he’s received ‘posters and cards’ from children he has taught wanting to cheer him up, some of them writing ‘Everyone is welcome’. Parkfield Community School said they have no plans to change their teaching.
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