A Muslim father who racially abused teachers and assaulted a headmaster after two Islamic pupils were banned from lessons for refusing to shave off their beards faces jail.
Mohammad Liaqat, 34, launched into a ‘racist tirade’ at white members of staff at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Accrington, Lancashire, after 14-year-old boys were told they could not keep their facial hair, police said.
After being arrested, Liaqat was told to stay away from the school, so went to another school nearby where he continued his rant.
When Jeff Brown, headmaster of St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Primary School, asked him to move on, Liaqat shoulder barged him, Burnley Crown Court was told.
The father, who has a child at each school who were not directly affected by the case, was found guilty of racially-aggravated behaviour and assault by beating.
Mount Carmel school said the ruling on beards was part of the school’s dress code, but the 14-year-olds wanted to keep their facial hair for religious reasons.
After being taught in isolation for breaking the school rules, Mount Carmel governors decided that the students could keep their beards so long as they signed up to a programme at their mosque to show their faith.
After the trial, Xavier Bowers, headteacher at Mount Carmel said: ‘We are pleased that justice has been done in this instance.
‘My staff were simply doing their job at the time, supervising our children leaving school and making sure they were safe.
‘Without provocation, they were verbally assaulted an abused in front of the children and parents.
Liaqat then moved on to another school, where he assaulted the headteacher after he was asked to leave, Burnley Crown Court (pictured) heard
‘We always try to work towards good relationships with our families. This was an unfortunate incident, but we can now draw a line under it and move on. We are largely a happy school and we have good relationships with our local community.’
Mr Brown, from St Oswald’s school, said: ‘I am glad this matter has now been concluded and I am looking forward to getting back to concentrating on school life.’
PC Dave Hall, from the hate crime and cohesion unit at Lancashire Police, said: ‘Ultimately, the issue at Mount Carmel was amicably resolved, but Liaqat decided to take it upon himself to stage his own personal protest.
‘He racially abused several of the school staff and he kept referring to Mount Carmel as a racist school. He went on a racist tirade towards the white members of staff. He made it quite clear he was deeply upset.
‘After being arrested, he was released on bail. He decided to vent his fury at St Oswald’s Primary. ‘He had reason to be there but not to behave in the way he did.
‘Liaqat was causing problems, which led to the headteacher asking him to leave the premises. He reacted by racially abusing staff there and assaulting the head.
‘What he did was completely unacceptable. Whatever his motives, we cannot accept this kind of behaviour.’
Liaqat was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in June.
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