The religion teacher at the Visser ‘t Hooft Lyceum in Leiden who gave his students a controversial writing assignment last week, is sitting at home for the time being. The school says in a letter to the parents that the fuss that has arisen has a major impact on the school, Omroep West reports.
The relevant writing assignment for the third VWO class of the Protestant school was about Islam. It included the questions “How come people believe in a religion that produces so much violence?” and “Why are there so many Muslim terrorists?”
Consternation arose on social media, for example, and the school board distanced itself from the writing assignment. It has now also been decided that the teacher will not start work for the time being. The school is shocked by “the vehemence in the reporting on (social) media”, the letter states.
It is unclear whether the man has been suspended or whether he is at home for his own safety. According to Omroep West, death threats were made to his address on a private Instagram page.
The letter also states that the school has taken security measures in and around the building. For example, for the time being there is only one entrance and exit available for students and teachers. There is also extra supervision and the community police officer can be found more often at and near the school.
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