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Bridlington School 'Sorry' For Homework On Terrorist Forgiveness

Bridlington School 'Sorry' For Homework On Terrorist Forgiveness

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 10:41am 18th December 2019. (Updated at 10:58am 18th December 2019)

Bridlington School has issued a statement after pupils at its school were set homework about forgiving terrorists.

A teacher set the assignment with the description:

"Imagine that you are a parent of one of the Manchester bombing victims.

Write a response to the point of view that 'all terrorists should be forgiven.'"

Bridlington School Homework

Kate Parker Randall, Headteacher at Bridlington School, said:

"Firstly I would like to apologise for any upset that this piece of work may have caused.

This homework was set as part of a personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) lesson which was considering the consequences of crime and the aims of different punishments.

It followed a discussion in class about a newspaper report that the mother of one of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack had forgiven the bomber for killing her son.

The homework was intended to allow students to formulate their own views about whether hate or forgiveness are the best response to even such terrible crimes.

I would like to reassure parents, pupils and the community that the feelings aired on social media were totally unintentional consequences of setting this homework, however, I do understand that some people may find it difficult to understand why a school would ask students such a challenging question.

It is important that students should be able to express their own thoughts and give reasons for their feelings.

However, having reflected on the matter we would in hindsight have posed the homework question in a different way."


There are 2 comments on this page.

zara, on 18th December 2019 12:41pm
Education is definitely not what it used to be. Maybe its because of this kind of stupidity that we have so many people on extremist protests and children skipping school to protest about climate change. How could you even expect a young child to even have the remotest idea of what any parent would feel in those circumstances. Most of them will probably never have any bad real life experiences. I am pretty old and i cannot imagine how they would feel and i would not be presumptuous enough to even think i could.
Dandanlav, on 19th December 2019 2:37pm
The education system does change, as the world changes. Children unfortunately do need an understanding on terrorism. And do need to be able release they’re feelings and emotions towards it.

Nobody disagrees with teaching children about historical terror and wars. World war 2 etc. How far different is this really? I get some people may of found it still abit tender.. but it’s real life. It’s a good thing they are being taught real life. And how to release their thoughts and feelings, without bottling up. They see the news, so they not. They see the papers. They all know it happens. You can’t wrap them in bubble wrap and pretend nothing bad happens in the world

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