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Teacher who challenged decision to show 9/11 clip to pupils is sacked

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A teacher claims she was unfairly dismissed for objecting to showing a 9/11 clip to pupils.

Oxford University graduate, Suriyah Bi, lost her job as a teaching assistant to year seven pupils after just one week.

She claims she was dismissed because she objected to pupils aged 11 and 12 being shown a “graphic” video of the World Trade Centre attacks.

Ms Bi, aged 24, is now pursuing legal action against the school claiming she was unfairly fired and suffered racial discrimination.

She 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.”

Ms Bi said the children were subjected to graphic scenes and some were shocked and upset.

“Such young children should not have been shown things like that because it is well-known that it can play on their minds and even induce them to kill themselves,” she added.

“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.”

A full hearing will be held later this year.