Pupils at a school that has faced protests over teaching LGBT lessons have written to campaigners saying ‘don’t disturb us when we are trying to learn’.
Two pupils at Anderton Park primary School in Birmingham wrote the letter after protesters stood outside the school brandishing placards on Monday.
Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson tweeted the message by the pupils as the demonstration leader said their protests would continue this week.
Two pupils at Anderton Park primary school, Birmingham, have written a letter to protesters which have been demonstrating outside their school against LGBT teaching
Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson at Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham tweeted the letter written by two students to the protesters
The letter says: ‘We are unhappy because you are being rude to all of the students and teachers, especially our headteacher.
‘So please don’t disturb us when we are trying to learn and don’t lie to us. Thank you.’
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson posted the letter with the message ‘Protesters: Please read this plea.’
Protesters have been photographed holding banners saying ‘My kids, my choice’ and ‘we have a say in what they learn’.
On Tuesday, West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson said there was no place for lawful or unlawful protests outside primary schools.
Protesters disrupted lessons at the school on Monday holding placards outside which read ‘We have a say in what they learn’
Another protester was also pictured holding a sign that read ‘my child, my choice’
Parents, children and protesters demonstrated at Anderton Park primary School over the teaching of LGBT lessons
The main organiser of the protests has said demonstrations will go ahead this week unless the approach to relationship education is halted for further talks with the school.
Mr Thompson expressed his ‘increasing concern’ over the rhetoric of the demonstrations, and said a number of criminal offences had been committed outside the school since Sunday night.
The force received reports at 9.30pm on Sunday of assault and criminal damage on Dennis Road in Moseley, as well as reports of malicious communications received by the school on Thursday.
It came after counter-demonstrators were reportedly egged, after hanging up signs and placards on the school’s gate, some of which read ‘love is the answer’.
There has been a police presence near the school. On Tuesday West Midlands Police said there was no place for protests outside a primary school
Anderton Park primary school has faced protests since announcing it will teach LGBT lessons
“So please don’t disturb us when we are trying to learn and don’t lie to us. Thank you.”
Two teachers from another school had written a letter to Ms Hewitt-Clarkson, expressing their support for her.
The short letter, also tweeted by Ms Hewitt-Clarkson, read: “We are both teachers with 40 plus years in the classroom between us.
“We are appalled by the way you have been treated for simply doing a professional job on equalities.”
The city council has also said it is looking into whether it can use a public space protection order to move demonstrations away from the school.