Hearing delayed into teacher accused of classroom racism

By staff writers
September 22, 2009

A hearing into allegations that a teacher promoted racist views in the classroom has been delayed after police cited fears of violent clashes outside the hearing in Birmingham.

Adam Walker, who admits to being a member of the British National Party (BNP), is accused of promoting hostility to asylum-seekers, gay people and Muslims in front of students during his time as a technology teacher in 2007.

He is also accused of using school computers to contribute racist and anti-Muslim views to internet discussions during working time. He was employed at Houghton Kepier Sports College near Sunderland, but left his job several months after the alleged incidents.

Walker is president of Solidarity, a BNP-linked group that defines itself as a trade union but which is opposed by the mainstream trade union movement due to its racist approach.

The General Teaching Council (GTC) had been due to hold a hearing into the allegations in Birmingham today (22 September), with Walker facing the possibility of being 'struck off' as a teacher.

However, Matt Ward of West Midlands police asked the GTC to postpone the case due to "the potential public order consequences of the hearing being convened in Birmingham at this time". Fears of violence have been exacerbated by recent attacks on Muslims in Birmingham by the racist English Defence League.

A new date and venue for the hearing will be set within the next seven days.

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