Parents and protestors gathered outside Birmingham school for the past eight weeks to protest against a dispute over teaching children about LGBT relationships. Series of slogans like “Let children be children” were hailed outside the school gates.
LGBT or GLBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Birmingham City Schools are public schools. Birmingham City Schools have a diverse student population, 95% African-American, 4% Hispanic, and 1% White. Moreover, eighty-eight percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
This problem surfaced when parents and campaigners protested against the issue that children were being taught about same-sex relationships and transgender issues. Reports also suggest that children were removed from classes and teachers were threatened. This event further divided the group at Anderton Park, as a majority are Muslims.
The protests spread to Anderton Park from Parkfield Community School in Alum Rock, where parents raised a petition in January and claims were raised promoting that the teaching contradicted Islam.
Police claimed nearly 600 children were withdrawn from lessons. In recent months the Birmingham primary schools have been subject to protests by raised issues on the schools’ curriculum. This protest is expected to have an adverse effect on the reputation of the city, and on the children at this school.