TWO more teachers have reportedly been suspended at a school where a class was shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
It means a total of three teachers are being investigated after the controversial cartoon was shown during an RE lesson at Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire.
Parents were furious after learning the caricature was shown in the class and the teacher responsible feared he would be murdered and never teach again, his dad said.
The suspended teacher, 29, has since gone into hiding following the incident – as his dad blasted the school for “throwing him under a bus”.
But it has now been reported that two others have been suspended because they were “aware” it was going to be shown in class.
A source told MailOnline: “Two other teachers are also being investigated but the school has been trying to keep it secret because they don't want attention being drawn to the fact that this went beyond the actions of one person.
“They were not in the class at time but were aware that offensive material was going to be used, it is claimed.”
The source also said the cartoon was from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The image shown was of the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb instead of a turban on his head, reports MailOnline.
It prompted a wave of protests at the, with one demonstrator claiming the use of the picture was “done in a deliberate, threatening and provocative manner”.
In the aftermath, headmaster Gary Kibble offered a “sincere and full apology”, adding that the use of the image in class was “completely inappropriate".
The source added: “Blasphemy features on the school curriculum and images have been used before by teachers. But not this one.
“This was the first time that this particular image was shown during a lesson.
“This picture was not part of the approved teaching materials and we do not know why the teacher chose it. It appears, there were no proper checks in place.
“There is nothing to suggest that either of them used this particular image themselves in lessons, but they knew what was going on and it points to a breakdown in the system.”
For Muslims, any illustration of the Prophet Mohammed is strictly forbidden and the row started after parents complained when their son was offended.
The teacher’s dad claimed his son was left “devastated” by the incident.
He told MailOnline: “My son keeps breaking down crying and says that it's all over for him.
Two other teachers are also being investigated but the school has been trying to keep it secret."
“He is worried that he and his family are all going to be killed.
“He knows that he's not going to be able to return to work or live in Batley. It's just going to be too dangerous for him and his family.
“Look what happened to the teacher in France who was killed for doing the same thing. Eventually they will get my son and he knows this.
"His whole world has been turned upside down. He's devastated and crushed.”
Batley Multi Academy Trust, which runs the school, said an independent investigation will begin on April 12.
The three suspended teachers will be quizzed on the incident and could be dismissed if the panel find they broke the rules.
The Trust said: “We believe the right way forward is for an independent investigation to review the context in which the materials (which caused offence) were used, and to make recommendations in relation to the Religious Studies curriculum so that the appropriate lessons can be learned, and action taken, where necessary.
“We will continue to support the whole school community as the investigation progresses, including all school staff and students.”
A spokesman for Kirkless Council told The Sun Online: "The council is unable to comment on this matter.
"Staff at academies are not employed by the council, and as such disciplinary matters at academy schools are dealt with through their own governance arrangements."
The Sun Online has contacted the Trust for further comment.
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