Three Muslim A level students are threatening to sue their sixth form college after they were suspended shortly before sitting their exams for sending an email to students and staff complaining of Islamophobia.
Independent (h/t Maria J) The trio of 19-year-olds were barred last month from the premises of the NewVIc college in Newham, east London, following a disagreement with senior staff over the cancellation of a discussion about anti-Muslim attitudes in society by a panel of invited guests.
The girls, who are still allowed to attend the college to sit their exam papers, are alleged to have flouted college rules by sending a round-robin email to hundreds of students and staff which was highly critical of the decision to cancel the talk and the principal, as well as criticising the Government’s “Prevent” counter-radicalisation strategy.
Lawyers for the trio – Tahyba Ahmed, Sumayyah Ashraf and Humayra Tasnim – have now written to the college seeking their reinstatement and warning that legal action is under consideration, claiming they have had to seek medical advice for stress arising from the incident. At least one of the young women is understood to have a place at university dependent on her A Level results.
In a statement, the students said the row had affected their preparation for their exams and they remained unclear about what they were alleged to have done wrong.
They said: “The entire incident has caused us considerable stress and has had a significant impact on us and our families. Our revision has been significantly interrupted and we no longer feel positive about our examination results.
“And we continue to remain at a loss as to what it is alleged we have done wrong. The allegation against us remains just that, an allegation, but we have felt the full force of a finding of guilt.”
The suspension has seen the young women, dubbed the “NewVIc3”, become a cause celebre on social media with an online petition and the college being criticised for alleged double-standards after it allowed a UKIP representative to address students during the recent election campaign.