Birmingham anti-LGBT protesters banned from school by injunction

Jun 11, 2019 by

Court order bars demonstrators from exclusion zone around Anderton Park primary

Protests against the teaching of LGBT equality at a Birmingham school have been halted temporarily following a high court injunction.

Birmingham city council secured the injunction to protect Anderton Park primary school. The temporary order, which came into force immediately, bans protesters from an exclusion zone in the streets surrounding the school in the Moseley area of Birmingham.

The headteacher, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, said she was delighted with the ruling, issued by Mr Justice Warby QC, sitting at Birmingham civil court.

“It’s an absolutely glorious day for us, for the children, parents and staff of Anderton Park. We are delighted a new order has been granted that keeps the kids and staff safe from the protests,” she said.

“It also strengthens the protection for us as it refers to all aspects of teaching, not just equalities. We are pleased we can go back to school and tell our staff we will be free from protests outside the school for the rest of the year.”

Following the ruling the children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, voiced her support for teachers at the school and said pupils had a right to take part in such lessons.

Longfield, was asked at a Commons education select committee hearing on Tuesday whether there had been enough focus on the rights of children in the debate.

Source: Birmingham anti-LGBT protesters banned from school by injunction | UK news | The Guardian

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