Police investigate claim Rotherham teacher called Muslim schoolboy a ‘terrorist’

Clifton Community School, Rotherham.
Clifton Community School, Rotherham.

A teacher is under police investigation over claims they called a Muslim schoolboy in Rotherham a terrorist.

South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council are investigating an alleged incident at Clifton School.

It comes after the mother of the 14-year-old student told the Sunday Times that her son was told in a lesson ‘Stop talking, you terrorist’.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating reports of a racially aggravated incident at Clifton Community School on Tuesday, 17 November.

“No arrests have been made and officers are conducting enquiries.”

In a statement, Karen Borthwick, Rotherham Council’s Director for Schools and Lifelong Learning, said the authority took its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and confirmed it had received a complaint regarding an incident in a lesson at Clifton Community School and was working with the school to investigate the matter.

She added: “The council has initiated the safeguarding processes involving relevant partner agencies. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further ahead of the conclusion of that process.”