“We offer our condolences to the deceased and are thinking of the injured, and all their families in the horrific terror attack in Manchester” – BMSD

BMSDemocracy are deeply concerned about the backlash the Chair of Governors Arif Qawi and Nina Lall, Headteacher of St. Stephens Primary School, Newham have faced because of their decision to disallow the hijab for very young girls.

We are vehemently against the toxic and incessant smear campaigns that have been launched against the chair and the headmistress of the school both online and offline. There is a worrying trend of bullying and hateful messages targeted at vocal Muslim campaigners from online trolls who disagree with their stance(s). This is not the way to protest a decision that individuals may disagree with.

As an organisation, we wish to extend solidarity and support to the staff at St. Stephens primary school who have done a fantastic job in achieving top ratings for its efforts in education and hope they continue, undeterred, in promoting the values of equality, freedom and secular democracy for all its pupils.

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