Islam 101 (basic fundamentals) is dangerous for any age.
Davis Lewin, deputy director at the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘It is vital that the authorities investigate the situation at the school. Parents and the public deserve answers. If there is a problem in Bethnal Green Academy, it must be addressed urgently. If not, we must know where these children are being indoctrinated with this hateful ideological poison.
Now jihadi bride school is centre of terror probe: Academy where four pupils have left to join ISIS to be investigated by counter-extremism officials
- Bethnal Green Academy will be investigated by counter-extremism officers
- Four girls from east London school fled to Syria to become ‘jihadi brides’
- Four of their friends and pupils have had their passports confiscated
- Parents have called for thorough investigation into Islamic fundamentalism
Amira Abase, 15, and three other pupils at one school in east London fled to join ISIS
The school where four pupils fled to Syria to become ‘jihadi brides’ is to be investigated by counter-extremism officials.
The probe at Bethnal Green Academy has been launched after four girls left their homes to join Islamic State.
Fears of a wider problem of fanaticism at the school in East London have emerged when four of their friends and fellow pupils had their passports confiscated before they could make the same journey.
One of these, a 15-year-old girl who cannot be named for legal reasons, was stopped as her British Airways flight to Istanbul taxied for take-off.
The Department for Education said officers from its ‘due diligence and counter-extremism division’ will investigate potential links to extremism.
The academy, rated as ‘outstanding’ in its 2012 Ofsted review, is currently putting on weekly talks for parents giving advice on the issue.
But parents fear this is merely ‘papering over the cracks’ and have called for a thorough investigation. Parents have also started holding their own meetings to discuss the growing problem of Islamic fundamentalism at the school.
Some have been producing and distributing leaflets which give advice on spotting the signs of radicalism.
Nazrul Islam, whose 13-year-old son attends the school, said: ‘Lots of parents around here who have children that go to Bethnal Green Academy are all very concerned.
‘After what happened with the girls leaving, parents are worried that their children might be radicalised too – but they don’t know how to stop it.
‘We have been left in a horrible situation and now parents are worried they don’t know what their children are doing. The police told the school that they were concerned about the girls. Did the school then contact the parents? What did they know and what did they do about it? We need to get to the bottom of it.’