High-school students are being pressured to attend daily prayer meetings, lectures on the Koran and even cut their hair by peers badgering them to conform to Islam, according to ‘scared’ parents at Punchbowl Boys High School.
The Punchbowl high school in Western Sydney has been identified as one of 19 New South Wales schools at risk of radicalising Muslim students, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The NSW Government listed 19 schools across Western and South-Western Sydney taking part in a counter-extremism program called School Communities Working Together.
Punchbowl Boys High School former principal Chris Griffiths initially refused the deradicalisation program, claiming he was not comfortable with prayer groups being monitored or the school being ‘stigmatised’.
Mr Griffiths, who converted to Islam in 2014, was sacked in 2016 by Education Department Secretary Mark Scott.
Since the program was refused, ‘scared’ parents have spoken out, claiming the school was run more like a mosque than a school.
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