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'We will not be silenced' Parents say they will continue to protest over LGBT lessons at Birmingham school

Parents gather outside of Birmingham City Council after being banned from protesting outside of a school Credit: ITV Central

A group of parents who are against lessons about LGBT rights have said they 'will not be silenced' despite an injunction banning them from protesting outside of a school in Birmingham.

A High Court injunction which was won by Birmingham City Council was placed to stop protesting outside of Anderton Park Primary school in Sparkhill after concerns for the safety of staff and children.

The protesters say they will be appealing against the injunction.

Speaking today (Monday 3 June) in front of Birmingham City Council, Rosina Afsar whose name is on the injunction said they 'will not be silenced' as they're 'left with no option but to continue protesting'.

Protesters were met with objection from people living in the city who said 'we can't pick and choose our equality'.

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The Chair of Governors at Rockwood School, Steve Ball said that resorting to demonstrations like these create anger and hostility between communities.

Protestors have been demonstrating outside the school gates for weeks.

Hundreds of students were kept home after some parents argued that the teachings are intolerant of their religious beliefs and aren't age appropriate.

Meanwhile, the school has said the protesters are spreading 'lies and misinformation' and that most don't even have children at the school.

I'm pleased that common sense has prevailed because children right across Birmingham should be free to attend school safely and without disruption. All our schools must be safe spaces and we will not tolerate the ongoing intimidation of parents, hard-working school staff and local residents.

This interim injunction has been secured in time for the return to school on Monday (3 June) and now hopefully the pupils will be able to continue their education in peace for the remainder of the summer term.

We'll continue to support the school and its staff and I would urge parents to take this opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with the school about any concerns they may have."

– Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council