The Telegraph is reporting that teacher at a Birmingham state school has been reported to police after he broke into a female pupil’s mobile telephone to prove she was having a “forbidden” relationship with a boy.
The newspaper claims the incident happened at Park View School, which is one of the schools that has been at the centre of the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot to make a group of schools adhere to more Islamic principles.
According to the Telegraph: “The girl, who at 16 is over the age of consent, had her telephone confiscated by the teacher during a Sunday event at Park View School last month. Two members of staff told the Telegraph the device was then taken, without her permission, to a shop for its passcode to be broken, and its contents unlocked and examined by the school.
Images of the girl with the boy, a fellow Year 11 pupil at Park View, and text messages between them, obtained from the phone, were used by the school as evidence to suspend her, weeks before her GCSE exams. The boy was also suspended, but more briefly.”
A row has been brewing for several weeks about the veracity of the “Trojan Horse” claims, with pupils and teachers recently telling the Guardian that the claims are “ludicrous”.