Suriyah Bi, 24, lost her job at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham, after just a week of being a teaching assistant in a year seven class there.
She claims that she was shown the door after she complained it was not appropriate for the 11 and 12-year-olds in her class to watch the ‘X-rated’ clip – that showed the horrors of the attacks on World Trade Center in New York, in September 2001.
Ms Bi, an Oxford University Graduate, from Yardley in Birmingham, is now pursuing claims against the school for unfair dismissal and religious discrimination.
The video was not mentioned in detail during the brief preliminary hearing which dealt with technical and legal matters.
But outside the hearing, Ms Bi said: ‘It was shown to some 30 children during class. I understand the video was shown without the permission of the authorities.
‘It raised questions about what safeguards there are in schools to protect children.
‘These were children aged 11, of whom many knew little, or nothing, about the 9/11 horror.
‘They were subjected to graphic scenes and some were shocked and upset. The video not only showed the plane crashing into the Twin Towers but also showed people committing suicide by jumping to their deaths from the tower blocks.
‘Such young children should not been shown things like that because it is well-known that it can play on their minds and even induce them to kill themselves.
‘I was in the classroom when the video was shown and I quickly objected. Later, I was told to leave the school.
‘There was an investigation into the matter but I was dismissed for making a whistle blowing complaint.’
Ms Bi said she believed no action was taken against the teacher who screened the video, but some people regarded the showing as ‘misguided’….
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