Muslim teaching assistant wins unfair dismissal case

Suriyah Bi, 25, an Oxford University graduate, objected to a teacher at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham showing a year seven class with special needs footage of people jumping from the Twin Towers

Suriyah Bi, 25, an Oxford University graduate, objected to a teacher at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham showing a year seven class with special needs footage of people jumping from the Twin Towers

A Muslim teaching assistant who was fired for raising concerns about 11-year-olds being shown a graphic YouTube video of people dying on 9/11 has won an unfair dismissal case against her former school.

Suriyah Bi, 25, an Oxford University graduate, objected to a teacher at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham showing a year seven class with special needs footage of people jumping from the Twin Towers.

The horrifying video has a rating for people aged 18 and over.  

Bi raised the issue the following day, on September 23 2015, and was sacked just over an hour later, less than two weeks after she started the role.

She told MailOnline: 'I'm over the moon with the result, it's been a long time coming. Two years is a long time. It's been two years where I have been feeling so strongly about it.

'This would not have happened if I was not a Muslim.'

The footage was shown when the class were studying a poem called Out of the Blue by Simon Armitage.

The poem is about a victim of the 9/11 terror attacks who eventually jumps from the burning building. 

She said: 'Children were subjected to graphic scenes and some were shocked and upset...it raised questions about what safeguards there are in schools to protect children.

'I was in the classroom when the video was shown and I quickly objected. Later I was told to leave the school. I was told to grab my possessions and leave the premises. It all just happened in the blink of an eye.'

A safeguarding checklist written three days after her dismissal mentioned that Bi was head girl at Saltley School, which was implicated in the Trojan Horse affair five years after she left, and she had written a dissertation looking at the effect of the scandal on pupils. Her dissertation was called 'The Child's Centred Perspective on the Trojan Affair...British Rules, Islamic Rules'.

It said she raised concerns about the footage because it offended her as a Muslim.

'We suspect that this girl has done it before,' read the note. 'She was head girl of one of the Trojan Horse schools.' 

The Trojan Horse scandal started with an anonymous letter in March 2014 describing an Islamic plot to take over schools in Birmingham called 'Operation Trojan Horse'.

The document, later discredited as a hoax, claimed hardline Muslims wanted to take control of governing bodies and replace school leaders with staff who would be more sympathetic to their religious agenda.

That in turn led to 21 schools being inspected by schools inspector Ofsted, which put six schools [including Satley School] in special measures and said five had not done enough to protect children from extremism. 

She said: 'Just because I went to a Trojan Horse affair school, which [was involved in the scandal] five years after I left...I was implicated as

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