03 April 2015

Father racially abused school staff and assaulted headteacher after Muslim pupils banned from lesson for refusing to shave beards

A FATHER racially abused school staff and assaulted a headteacher after two Muslim pupils were banned from lessons for refusing to shave off their beards.

Mohammad Liaqat took it upon himself to vent his anger at staff as children were leaving Mount Carmel RC High School, Accrington.

The 34-year-old was found guilty of racially-aggravated behaviour and assault by beating following a three-day trial at Burnley Crown Court.

The Catholic school, which employs workers from across East Lancashire, said the ruling on beards was part of the school’s dress code, but the 14-year-olds wanted to keep their facial hair for religious reasons. [Lancashire Telegraph] Read more