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Plashet school called “groomers” for ‘promoting LGBTQ+ rights’

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A veteran MP expressed “dismay” after revelations of an email campaign targeting a school in Newham.

An anti-gay Islamic pressure group encouraged parents to bombard East Ham’s Plashet School with complaints that a lunchtime society had ‘promoted’ equal rights for LGBTQ+ communities, according to emails obtained under Freedom of Information laws.

Complainants accused staff members of “grooming” and “sexualising” minors, with one stating: “The school must understand that actions have consequences… “We will not tolerate this,” we warn.

The employees feared for their own safety, and the police were summoned.

Sir Stephen Timms MP, who was the victim of an Islamist terrorist attack in 2010, told local news outlets that he was monitoring the situation in Plashet with “great interest.”

“I was aware that the incident had taken place,” he stated.

“However, I had not seen these communications. I am appalled by their content.”

In May 2010, extremist Roshonara Choudhry stabbed former Treasury minister Sir Stephen twice in the stomach at his constituency surgery, leaving him with severe injuries.

Choudhry was subsequently given a life sentence for his attempted murder.

The National Secular Society (NSS) stated that the campaign against Plashet was part of “a growing trend of teachers and children being harassed, threatened, and intimidated by religious activists attempting to impose their fundamentalist world view on schools.”

It stated, “The government must act immediately to prevent such incidents from becoming commonplace.”

However, Sir Stephen, a Labour MP in Newham since 1994, stated that he could not pursue the matter because no constituents had requested it.

He stated, “I have not yet received any complaints from parents about what occurred, but if I did, I would certainly pursue them on their behalf.”

He further stated that Plashet was “an excellent school” with “superb” faculty.

“The school, in conjunction with the council, has commissioned an independent report on the incident, and I await its findings with great interest,” he said.

In response to the email campaign, Plashet School shut down its lunchtime Equalities Club, prompting its staff to quit their employment in protest.

Citing the ongoing investigation, the school has consistently refused to clarify this decision or comment on the incident.

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