The Bridlington School, in East Yorkshire school was forced to apologize after 8th grade students were given homework asking them to imagine they were the parent of a victim of the Manchester Arena bombing and “write a response from the point of view that all terrorists should be forgiven.”
RT (h/t Lisa) By asking pupils to write essays on the topic of “All terrorists should be forgiven,” a British school exposed an unwillingness to see that some things are beyond forgiveness – something terror victims’ parents have learned.
Muslim terrorist bomber Salman Abedi (below) killed 22 people, mostly children, and injured 139 at an Ariana Grande gig at the Manchester Arena.
When Ariana Grande was asked this year about her thoughts on the terrorist attack at her May 2017 gig at the Manchester Arena that left 22 people dead, she was surprisingly reserved. The US pop star said she struggled to talk about the deaths because her thoughts were with the families of those murdered.
“It’s their losses, and so it’s hard to just let it all out without thinking about them reading this and reopening the memory for them,” she said.
In a classic “anti-woke” backlash, Twitter lit up with angry parents, relatives of bombing victims and others caught up in terrorist atrocities and, before she knew it, head teacher Kate Parker-Randall had a storm on her hands.
One mum said: “It’s bizarre and disgusting. Why would you put those thoughts in children’s heads.”
Following discussion on social media today, our head teacher, Kate Parker Randall has issued the below statement… pic.twitter.com/ytu81ZeDvS
— Bridlington School (@BridSchool) December 17, 2019
Undeterred, into the melée she strode: The essay was intended to allow students to formulate their own views about whether hate or forgiveness are the best response to even such terrible crimes.
While she apologized for the upset caused, there was no apology for the tone-deaf approach to assigning the homework in the first place because that would suggest that the agenda, the subtle suggestion that terrorists aren’t all that bad really and should be given a break, was wrong.
Head teacher Parker-Randall said the angry online response to the homework was “totally unintentional consequences.” And, surely, the head teacher meant this.
When the homework task was set there would have been no question in the naïve mind of teachers that this would cause any offense. Doesn’t everyone forgive terrorists? One mum took her 12-year-old daughter out of the school until she received a satisfactory explanation, while another pupil’s grandma called the task “absolutely disgusting.”
Another, whose son was injured in the Manchester attack, condemned the exercise as “wholly inappropriate.” This debacle was replayed on a similar scale as the ‘homewoke’ task set for pupils at an Oxfordshire school earlier this year, in which they were asked to pen a suicide note from the standpoint of young woman in 1912 as part of their GSCE studies.
A mum, who wrote to the school expressing her concerns, said the exercise was a “massive fail.” Again, the school apologized for “any distress caused” but stopped short of saying it had been wrong to set the exercise.
Children in UK schools are lectured about tolerance and forgiveness at such a young age that they simply swallow the whole dish of liberal rubbish without any real questioning because it is a teacher, a respected adult figure, giving it to them.
This half-baked, idealistic theory of one big happy world where everyone’s a winner, no one is allowed to be upset and allowances must be made for even the most egregious ideas, needs to be challenged every time it rears its head.