Batley school protests: Prophet Muhammad cartoon row ‘hijacked’

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Protests outside a school where pupils were shown a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad are “deeply unsettling”, a government minister has said.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said teachers should be able to “appropriately show images of the prophet” in class.

Protests have been staged outside Batley Grammar School, where a teacher has been suspended.

The West Yorkshire school has apologised “unequivocally”.

Head teacher Gary Kibble said the member of staff had been suspended since the image was used in a lesson on Monday.