LBC host Nick Ferrari received a call on air by a Paul in Loughton on Friday, who informed that his son and two other students had been issued detention for saying they’d vote UKIP under a classroom debate during the 2016 general election.
Paul told Nick,
One boy said he’d vote for UKIP and the teacher said that ‘all UKIP voters are racist’. So my boy came in and said ‘I’d vote for UKIP and I’m not racist’. He was given a detention, the three boys that said it, and when he come home and told me I didn’t believe him.
He later called the school and told them about the incident, and the Head of Year issued a full apology and the detention was scrapped.
Another student, 17-year-old Alissa Cook-Gray, had a similar experience. During a political debate in Crewe, she claims to have been told by a teacher, “Get out, we don’t want people with your views” for voicing support for Tommy Robinson. She subsequently quit her college course after her tutor warned her she was “too right wing” due to this position.
UKIP leader Gerard Batten issued a statement soon after the LBC podcast was published, condemning the teacher’s use of punishment to promote his political agenda. “This kind of thing used to happen in Nazi Germany,” he insisted, “when Jewish children were singled out for vilification. It’s happening because the teaching profession is under the domination of the extreme left who are the real fascists in modern Britain.”
He further said that this was not a lone incident, as he claims to have heard many similar incidences by UKIP members. Teachers had told students that their parents “belong to a Nazi party,” according to his informants. Batten asserted that “Parents must insist the law is upheld in schools and teachers are not allowed to promote political agendas.”
By Stefan M. Kløvning