British high school suspends teacher on accusations she punished children who refused to pray to Allah
Parents charge the incident occurred during a class on different religions. Children reportedly were ordered to assume Moslem prayer positions and chant prayers. Those who did not, reports claim, were punished.
The suspension comes one day after reports surfaced about the incident.
Today, a school spokesman said she was suspended over the allegations - but also for 'ongoing inquiries centred around other practical issues'.
Joan Feenan, director of Cheshire County Council's children's services, said: 'This authority is naturally concerned about complaints we have received from parents.
'Together with the school, we will be thoroughly investigating those complaints, in a careful and considered manner, and informing parents of the conclusions reached.
'Educating children in Christian and other religious beliefs is part of the national curriculum in secular schools and I'm sure that the great majority of our parents welcome any efforts to further mutual understanding.
'Having said that, this authority also accepts without question that such teaching should be carried out with awareness, sensitivity and sound common sense.
'Alsager is a high performing school with very supportive parents.
'I am confident that this matter will be resolved equitably.'
She also added that suspension was not a disciplinary measure.
The report says the teacher had no comment.
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