Met police launch probe after headteacher received death threats

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With police launches investigation after head teacher received death threats when staff member launched petition calling for him to quit for ‘institutional racism’

  • Dr. Lawrence Foley, director of the Harris Academy, has been threatened with death
  • He was the subject of a petition accusing him of racism and allegations of bullying staff
  • The school is reportedly undergoing a ‘restructuring’ forcing staff to resign
  • Comes amid similar protests in schools in Yorkshire and Pimlico, London

A head teacher has been threatened with death several times after being the subject of a petition to get him fired for alleged racism at school.

Nearly 6,000 people have petitioned for Dr. Lawrence Foley signed on to resign from his role as the director of the Harris Academy in Tottenham.

Launched last week by Joshua Adusei, the school’s former gym teacher, it accused discrimination against black students and staff and sparked protests.

The petition claims that Dr. Foley has enacted policies that ‘disproportionately affect BAME students’ and staff have ‘bullied’ into accepting redundancies.

Police have been called in to conduct patrols at a school in North London after Headmaster Dr Lawrence Foley was the victim of racist claims made by a former teacher on several occasions.

Police have been called in to conduct patrols at a school in North London after Headmaster Dr Lawrence Foley was the victim of racist claims made by a former teacher on several occasions.

Nearly 6,000 people have signed the petition for Dr. Lawrence Foley to step down from his role as director of the Harris Academy in Tottenham

Nearly 6,000 people have signed the petition for Dr. Lawrence Foley to step down from his role as director of the Harris Academy in Tottenham

Nearly 6,000 people have signed the petition for Dr. Lawrence Foley to step down from his role as director of the Harris Academy in Tottenham

But now the Harris Academy has issued a warning about staff safety after police received several reports of death threats sent to the school principal.

The incident comes just weeks after protests at another academy in Pimlico over uniform policy changes and the removal of the union flag, and in Batley, Yorkshire over an argument over a Mohammed cartoon.

Mr. Adusei, who has since been fired from his teaching job, also accused the school of “institutional racism” and claimed that Dr. Foley had permanently banned three black students in his first three months at the school.

He said the discipline policy has been tightened and disproportionately affected students from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, as well as students with special educational needs.

The petition also demands that restructuring plans that “bully staff into accepting redundancy” must be reversed.

Launched last week by Joshua Adusei, the school's former gym teacher, it accused of discrimination against black students and staff and sparked protests

Launched last week by Joshua Adusei, the school's former gym teacher, it accused of discrimination against black students and staff and sparked protests

Launched last week by Joshua Adusei, the school’s former gym teacher, it accused of discrimination against black students and staff and sparked protests

A letter from the school seen through Schools Week pledged to ‘avoid redundancies wherever possible’, instead blaming falling student numbers in Haringey.

Several critical comments from parents and others were posted online following the publication of the petition, and a protest was staged in the playground after Mr Adusei was initially suspended.

According to Schools Week, a now-deleted comment claimed that the school was “run by whites … who don’t understand the children,” while another likened the policy to “Putin’s Russia.”

The school has reported to the police four death threats received by its principal, as well as a threat to stab teachers via Change.org.

Mr. Adusei, who has since been fired from his teaching job, also accused the school of “institutional racism” and claimed that Dr. Foley had permanently banned three black students in his first three months at the school.

Police acknowledged that they had received reports of death threats at the school and ordered ‘reassuring’ patrols to pass the school gates.

A Met spokesman said: “On Monday, April 21, police received a report of malicious communications in response to several online comments addressed to the Harris Academy staff in Tottenham.

Officers investigated and arranged reassuring patrols in the area. The dedicated school officer was also informed.

“The posts were then removed from the website and no further action was taken.”

A spokesperson for the Harris Federation who monitors the school labeled the petition as “misleading, vengeful and vexatious” and added that the leadership team “categorically denies” claims of racism.

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