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KEEP AWAY What is the Birmingham LGBT row and why have demonstrators been banned from outside Anderton Park Primary School?


ANDERTON Park Primary school has been at the centre of protests by parents angry about LGBT teaching.

Here’s what you need to know about the dispute and why Birmingham City Council has been granted a High Court injunction to stop protests.

A demonstration outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham
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What is the Birmingham LGBT row?

Parents have protested outside the school and taken kids out of classes after they claimed their children were being “brainwashed” about gay lifestyles.

The protests began at the Parkfield Community School, where parents voiced their opposition to the “No Outsiders” programme to educate kids about same-sex relationships.

Muslim parents say they do not want their children to take part in the programme, which was created by gay assistant head Andrew Moffat in 2014.

The protests then spread to Anderton Park and are being led by Shakeel Afsar – who doesn’t even send his kids to the school.

He accuses teachers of using “children as pawns” and “over-emphasising a gay ethos”.

In May he was given a legal warning not to interfere with the running of the school.

In heated scenes, Labour MP Jess Phillips last week accused him of damaging the reputation of Birmingham’s “peaceful and loving” Muslim community with his campaign against the school.

Why have demonstrators been banned from outside Anderton Park Primary School?

Birmingham City Council made the application following several weeks of protests outside the school.

Demonstrators have continued to gather outside the school in Dennis Road despite criticism from authorities including the council and police.

On May 24, 600 pupils were sent home for their own safety after anti-LGBT protesters stormed the school.

Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson was forced to close Anderton Park Primary for the day after protests “escalated significantly” over the previous week.

Counter-protesters were pelted with eggs on Sunday, while Ms Hewitt Clarkson was bombarded with death threats.

She announced the site would close for half term early last week over safety fears.

The interim injunction protects “the area immediately surrounding Anderton Park Primary School from further protests of the kind that have been held in the street outside the school for the last few weeks”, the council said.

Counter protestor Edan Powell outside Anderton Park Primary School
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