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Fulwood Academy: Two pupils suspended after ‘ripping up the Koran’

Teachers alerted police and anti-terrorism officials after the incidents took place (Picture: MEN Media)

Two secondary school pupils have been suspended after ‘ripping up the Koran’ in front of other students.

Teachers alerted police and anti-terrorism officials after the two separate incidents took place at Fulwood Academy in Preston last week. 

The school said the pupils had been suspended and that their actions ‘sit deeply at odds with everything we stand for’.

Academy principal Dave Lancaster said that as soon as the incidents came to light, he ‘immediately’ notified Lancashire Constabulary and Prevent – a government anti-terrorism initiative supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation.

It is understood any potential criminal charges are likely to come from the Crown Prosecution Service rather than the police, meaning the matter could take some time to be resolved.

Any sanctions from Fulwood Academy will be reviewed and decided following the conclusion of police investigations.

Fulwood Academy in Preston said the pupils’ actions ‘sit deeply at odds with everything we stand for’ (Picture: PA)

In a joint letter to parents and carers sent out on Sunday June 13, Principal Lancaster and Joan Dean, Chair of Governors, said it is ‘not our intention to hide or shy away from these acts.’

 They vowed to work together to ‘strengthen our community and build on our deep commitment to inclusion, diversity and equality’.

They added: ‘While clearly there need to be ramifications for those involved, it is also vital that we understand what caused these acts, which we have never seen in our school before, to take place as they have.  

‘We cannot do this alone.

‘We are working with the police and have already contracted all appropriate authorities.

‘Above all, however, we have reached out to local Imams to ask for their support in helping us respond to this.

‘We are deeply aware that we need to heal the hurt that has undoubtedly been caused, and look at what we can do to support all members of the Fulwood Academy community.’

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of two isolated incidents which took place last week and we are working closely with the school to address these matters. Our enquiries are very much ongoing.

‘Everyone in our county should be allowed to live their lives free from harassment and the fear of hate crime.

‘Hate crime causes great distress to its victims and we are committed to investigating all crimes and incidents motivated by hate, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice.’

The Department of Education have been contacted for comment.

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